Hike to Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls is a family-friendly 1 mile roundtrip hike if you head only to the upper viewpoint. 

The viewpoint is only footsteps from the parking area, and gives the best view of the 89-foot falls. A half mile trail leads visitors up to the upper viewpoint, right next to the falls. From there, Middle Tumalo Falls is around one and a quarter miles up the trail and Happy Valley is around three miles and a thousand feet up.

Along the way, there are a dozen or so smaller waterfalls and scenic pools. On the way back to the parking area, there is an unmarked (and very unofficial) trail that leads to the base of the falls, affording a chance to hike behind the falls themselves.

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Rain/Sun gear
  • Water
  • Sturdy shoes
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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Icy But Breathtaking

Just visited Bend for the first time and would highly recommend the Tumalo Falls hike. Great for dogs, easy to get to and there are several more trails, so you can play all day. However, during winter the paved road becomes dangerously icy.

Awesome Falls & Trail

Beautiful large waterfall, but be sure to hike the trail to enjoy more great waterfalls. Beautiful location and well worth the visit.

Easy access to a gorgeous waterfall

Coming from New England, we just don't have waterfalls this big, and we especially don't have them right off the side of a road. If you are in the Bend area I definitely recommend taking the 30 minute drive to this place. It really is magical.


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