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Tam-a-lau Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews

Tam-a-lau Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Culver, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 688 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

recorded Tam-a-lau Trail

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13 days ago

Nice mix of incline and flat terrain for this hike. It's basically a steep mile up, then a longer, flat loop around the top before coming back down. Great cool weather hike. Very exposed, not too crowded. There are other trails to connect with and make for a longer overall hike. Awesome views. Dog-friendly. Kid-friendly with caution/guidance. Trailhead is pretty easy to locate.

The first part of the hike is uphill but it wasn't that bad. Well worth it to get to the loop at the top! We started at 7:30 and had the entire trail to ourselves. Views were fantastic--the clouds gave way and we saw Mt. Jefferson. Being from Illinois, mountain views are always a treat!

7 months ago

really steep, not sure if it gets better after the first mile+ my kiddos threw in the towel

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9 months ago

Beautiful views. The initial trip up can be rough in the snow/mud. We hiked it mid Feb. The valley views of the lake are gorgeous.

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11 months ago

Really enjoyable even in the cold. The views of the lake were really something.

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Mon Dec 03 2018

Great views of the lake, river canyon and mountains. We were literally the only people on the trail and only 2 boats on the lake far below. Signage for the trail wasn't very obvious from the road -- park in the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area in the single car section, then walk the short distance back up to the main road and cross it; the trail starts on the other side. All effort and elevation gain (pretty minimal at 600 ft) is in the first mile to the top. Looking down into the canyon at certain points on the rim can feel a little freaky if you have any fear of heights! (Even driving up and down the canyon in this spectacular state park may result in white knuckles. Road was dry when we were there, but chains are recommended if there are winter conditions.)

hiking
Fri Nov 30 2018

Beautiful and serene.

Sat Nov 10 2018

great views and nice loop

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Tue Oct 16 2018

Great views!

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Thu Oct 04 2018

Amazing trail. Beautiful views at the end.

Thu Jul 12 2018

This is actually the Tam-a-lau trail - not sure why it’s listed as a different hike on here.

Mon Feb 12 2018

Enjoyable hike. First mile is the roughest and then the rest of it is flat. Saw 2 bald eagles hanging out, super neat. Very quite, not a lot of hikers there which is really nice.

Mon Oct 30 2017

Great hike, all the elevation gain in the first mile. Glad we saved this for the fall, summer would be brutal!

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