Tumalo Falls

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Tumalo Falls

Distance: 4.0mi
Elevation: 541ft
Time: 1.5-3h

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This hike near bend walks you past the huge Tumalo Falls follows the stunning Tumalo Creek. This raging river is gorgeous, and this trek will leave you with a new appreciation of its power.

Getting there

From Bend, head west onto Skyliner Road for just under 14.5km, passing signs for Phill’s Trail and turn left onto Tumalo Falls Road. Follow this dirt road until it ends, where you will find a small dirt parking lot.

About

When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

None

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Elevation


Detailed Description

Begin along the trail and climb up to the Tumalo Falls Viewpoint (North Fork Trail). After a quick climb, you will be at the popular, fenced lookout right beside the falls. The falls are nearly 100 feet tall and are almost perfectly rectangular. A truly picture-perfect waterfall.

Continue hiking along the trail for another mile or so to another viewpoint. As you hike, you will pass through a stunning, dense forest. The trail climbs gradually, though none of the ascents – beside arguably the first one – feel very tough. Be warned that runners and mountain bikers (uphill only) frequent this trail!

After passing the first view of Double Falls, which honestly rivals the trail’s namesake waterfall, continue hiking for another mile to reach the third viewpoint. Descend the short—but steep—unofficial trail down to the water to get soaked by the waterfall’s spray, and to get a more intimate view.

After enjoying all the views, return the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • There is an unofficial trail to the bottom of Tumalo Falls, accessed from the parking area.

  • Though the main lookout for Tumalo Falls can be quite busy, the rest of the trail is typically less frequented.

  • A Northwest Forest Pass, National Parks Annual Pass, or a $5 day pass (available at trailhead) is required to park.

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