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Tumalo Falls

Bend, Oregon

4.3/5
based on 13 reviews

Details

Distance

0.42 miles

Elevation Gain

62 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Dan Moe

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.

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Reviews

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Parking lot was still closed due to ice and snow on the road. It’s about a 2.5 mile drive to the parking lot of the falls. And then another 1 mile to get up to the view point of the falls. Since the road was closed everyone parked at the gate and walked up. Not an awful walk in. If you want to get to the waterfall itself, instead of the viewpoint, you’ll need to hike up near the creek, the viewpoint only goes up to the top of the fall and past.

I did this hike in the winter, which was very cool. The waterfall, while not frozen, was rushing and so very blue. The road to drive up there was closed so we hiked all the way in from the main road. It was a long hike but the end was worth it.

Great trail, first falls is just steps from the parking lot. 3.5 miles to the third falls. Elevation gain is so gradual you hardly notice. Parking lot is busy busy busy. Get there early or late afternoon for best parking availability.

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.

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

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.

Explorer

08/14/16

Went there on a Monday afternoon and it wasn't too busy, although the small parking lot was full and cars were parking along the road. Great views from the initial viewpoint, but I would recommend making the short hike up to the upper viewpoint for an even better perspective.

Great views, you can even keep going on the trail to reach more falls. I went today (March 23rd) and it was really snowy. I'd recommend snowshoes if you plan on hiking past Tumalo. Also, the gate is closed so that adds about 4 miles on to your total hike. However, I would recommend checking this out.

The road is closed and everyone is "supposed" to hike the trail. Which means it is a bit crowded but well worth the hike.

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