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Tumalo Falls via Tumalo Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, snowshoeing, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

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Waterfall

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Getting There

As of May 28, 2020, users have reported that the gate is currently closed. Adding an additional ~4 plus miles roundtrip. Note: Parking can be difficult for the this trail. $5 parking

At this trailhead a Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking, there is no place near the trailhead to purchase this pass so you must buy the pass in Stayton or Gates. A bathroom is located at the falls.

Willamette National Forest Supervisor's Office 3106 Pierce Parkway Suite D Springfield, OR 97477 541.225.6300

Located in the Elkhorn Valley, off of Highway 22 east of Salem. Drive 27 miles east of Salem on Highway 22 to North Fork Road, signed for both Elkhorn and the Little North Santiam Recreation Area, and turn left. Proceed another 17 miles, then turn left on FR #2209, signed for Henline Falls and Jawbone Flats. Proceed for less than mile up road 2209 to the trailhead on the left, marked by a brown sign and kiosk. The route follows an old road for mile, then heads left and ends at the falls a total of 1 mile from the trailhead. If you have any doubts about which junctions to take, just stay left where possible.

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Alice Marin
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HikingBugs
Todd Barnes
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HikingNo shade

Dusty, very well marked, very flat hike .some mountain bikes ... awesome falls at the end

Drew Doughty
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HikingNo shade

Lost a single brown Columbia hiking shoe (size 6) for the right foot. If found please call 5099446547

Ybor Drofsnul
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Hiking

The trail is an easy and well maintained hike. A bit busy as you get closer to the falls, with quite a few bikes to share the trail with. Just use good trail etiquette and all are happy.

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Jon Dothage
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Hiking

Great trail! Also, the gate is now open so you can drive to the top with all the other people in the world! I recommend going off trail at the first waterfall lookout and hiking up the river to the bottom of the Waterfall. Nobody else was, so you will likely have it to yourself!

Sarah Coulter
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, very busy with people and bikes. Not hard and path is clear.

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Jack Hollin
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HikingOff trailRocky

Family friendly trail that has views of the huge Tumalo Falls as well as the creek. Lots of unique views and experiences throughout the trail where you can go away from the path to put your feet in the water or skip rocks.

Lilly M.
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Hiking

Right now the road to get to the parking lot is closed so you have to walk all the way up there which takes a little longer. Bring a lot of water because there’s no shade while walking up there. Once you get there you can actually go right down to the waterfall and hangout under it. It’s pretty neat

Brooke Green
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Hiking

There’s a parking lot right at the falls - didn’t realize until we walked the trail

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jennifer gonzalez
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Bugs

Tons of mosquitoes once you get about a mile up. Wish we had known, we would have come prepared. Otherwise, the trail was beautiful, good weather, busy but enough gaps between other hikers. We only made it halfway due to the mosquitoes, hope to come back and complete the trail.

Angela Bradburn
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Went today and got there around 9:30 am and barely saw anyone on the trail. The sound of the creek follows you the entire trail leading to the large waterfall at the end! Very fun trail to do with my dog. Highly recommend.

Miguel Miranda
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Hiking

The hike is pretty easy, and the waterfall at the end is amazing. The trail is also used for mountain biking, so you have to keep an ear out.

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Jay Oh
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Hiking

Love this hike. The majestic power you feel standing at the observation deck of the falls is so perfect. Steep incline up the switchbacks but fairly easy even for the amateur hiker. Kids did great, loved every minute.

Jon McCartie
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Hiking

Lots of mountain bikers to avoid

Cristina Jones
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Hiking

loved this trail and ending at the falls. look for the little path on the right after the first view point, it leads you right up to the base of the waterfall. ate my lunch over there it was awesome

Aaron Madden
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Hiking

The Falls itself is awesome. Make sure to find the trail that takes you to the base of the Falls once you arrive! Super cool. The hike itself is...meh. Mainly walking through forest with few scenic views. It does seem to be popular with mountain bikers though. I would have just driven to the falls if the road was open, but as of now hiking is the only way to get there!

Hannah Spero
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Hiking

Great easy hike out to a beautiful waterfalls. Small ups and downs most of the way with a short incline at the end to the top of the falls. There were mountain bikers occasionally we had to watch out for but still a good trail!

Lexi Poborsky
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Hiking

Such a fun trail! More of a walk down a gravel road more than a hike, but the views were absolutely stunning.

Meghan Berger
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Hiking

The trail is very well maintained with decent shade- we went at 12:00 and it was sunny but not unbearable. The trail itself is meh, but the waterfall really is incredible! We went to the top lookout as well as the trail leading to the water itself and it was gorgeous. Lots of cyclists and hikers out. Loved this trail!

Kevin Macksamie
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Hiking

Great trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and dogs alike. Due to the popularity of the trail found parking at the Skyliners Trail 8:30 AM on a Sunday, by the time we returned at 11:00 AM there were no spaces and long lines of cars parked on the sides of the road. Nice trail to take our dog on. Tumalo Falls Viewpoint parking is still closed due to the pandemic.

Tim Neumann
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Hiking

Awesome 6.5mi trail! Trail is very well kept and great for dogs, bikes, trail running or walking. Plenty areas for dogs to cool off in the streams. Only a few moderately steep inclines. Sneakers/sandals ok—not at all rocky. Total hiking time: 2hr 15min, with approx 20min spent at top of waterfall 3.25mi out & back to top of waterfall. 3mi to day use campground.

Camila L
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Hiking

Started at the gate since it was closed. Added an additional 4 plus miles roundtrip. Came across so many waterfalls, magical. Beautiful trail but towards mid way had to turn around because there was too much snow and difficult to find the trail. In total, from the closed gate roundtrip was almost 11 miles.

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jeff lanford
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Hiking

Was a fun easy hike. Definitely start from the skyliners trail head and walk up the East side of the creek to the falls. There will be bike riders be prepared. Took us 21/2 hours with lots of time at the falls. No crowd on this side

McKenna Marek
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Loved it! We hiked it on a cold, drizzly day, but it was worth it! Would definitely hike again! Only downside is that the pit toilets at the beginning and end of the trail are disgusting. Horribly kept. However, it IS off season, so I would assume they’re kept up better during the busier season.

Rachel Patterson
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Hiking

This used to be one of my favorite hikes in Central Oregon. Definitely worth going the full 6 mile loop, some of the most beautiful aspects are hidden past the first couple of waterfalls. Downsides are that it is (just like every other wonderful place in CO these days) extremely heavily trafficked, so if you’re like me and visit nature to get away from people- make sure and try to plan for a day or time that will be less busy. The other thing is that if you don’t have a yearly Forest Parking Pass, its’s a $5 fee to park which I do see them enforcing nearly every-time I’m there.

Casie Rachelle
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Hiking

Great trail. We parked at the Skyline Trailhead and hiked 3.5 miles to Tumalo Falls and another 1/2 mile to the viewpoint.

Chad Hodges
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Hiking

Great hike into the Falls. But for Rite now u have to hike In from the Main gate.. it’s about 5 miles total.. I’ve never hiked in that way.. makes yeah appreciate Driving in..

Lauren Goodwin
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HikingSnow

Beautiful hike! Easy trail relatively flat until the falls overlook. Payoff totally worth it! Definitely do this regularly.

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Abby Timmerman
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Snow started about 2 miles in and lasted until the waterfall. Snow is easy to maneuver with hiking shoes, not much deeper than 6 inches and packed down from other hikers. The waterfall is gushing this time of year - recommend getting there now before the flow slows in the summertime.

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