Hike to Tumalo Falls
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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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- Sturdy shoes
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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.
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.
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