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Tumalo Falls via Tumalo Creek Trail

MODERATE 330 reviews
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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.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 583 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

Note: Parking can be difficult for the this trail. $5 parking

hiking
20 days ago

Nice- easy but longer hike! Many waterfalls along the trails that appear when you least expect. Will see ice this late on the season.

hiking
fee
1 month ago

A beautiful view of approximately seven waterfalls, depending how far you choose to go on this trail. It was cool in the shade but warmer in the sun but a coat didn’t overheat me. There was some ice along the trail but no deep snow. As far as the road in, if you go slow enough you wont bottom out in the hundreds of potholes. The ice castles being created by freezing waterfalls is awesome. See it while you can because fall is almost over and winter will soon make this trail impassable. As I say this, it is Nov 1, 2019. And do us all a favor, if you scoop the poop left by your best doggy friend, put it in biodegradable bags if you are going to display it along the path. Otherwise, Don’t use bags and push it off the trail where it will degrade on its on. Do Not Use plastic bags thinking you are being a good steward of our environment. Better yet, LEAVE NO TRACE!!

hiking
1 month ago

We were in town for youth club soccer and this was the perfect quick hike to get warmed up before the game. Quintessential Bend ❤️

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail great exercise a couple inclines but nothing too crazy, easy to follow. I’d say it’s more easy to moderate. Be aware of friendly mountain bikers on the trail. Be rewarded with a luscious waterfall at the turnaround point.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall! We opened out of the hike and struck out on our own. Just past the waterfall is North fork trail which is a fairly easy hike with several other cool waterfalls. You could turn around after a mile or two. We continued on and crossed on Swampy Lakes trail which joins Bridge creek trail and that brings you back to the Tumalo Falls upper parking lot. The loop was 8 miles total and beautiful. I would call this a moderate hike. Do not do this trail if you are not prepared and experienced. We encountered snow for about a mile at our turnaround point. Tons of mushrooms on the trail.

This trail should not be considered a loop. Only one half is a trail. The other half is a gravel road with cars frequently driving in either direction. I recommend just doing it as an out-and-back trail

Hike was amazing! Got to see some amazing views! Only down part was the walking on the road portion. Didn’t like that too much! But overalll amazing!

2 months ago

Very nice! If you want to see the falls and have an easy walk keep driving the gravel road and park near the bridge.. You can almost see the falls from where you park. A short .25 mile hike will take you all the way to the top. Perfect hike for kids!

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great hike today. Perfect weather and not too busy. Bummer, we lost our glasses. Metal frame, prescription eye glasses. If found, please call xxx.xxx.xxxx. THANK YOU for the call - the glasses have been found. As my son says, 'there are nice people still in the world.'

hiking
2 months ago

I passed the trail because I had the falls on my map. It’ll be on your left hand side before the gravel road. There’s a brown sign that has the hiking logo on it. There was no way to pay for parking there. If you drive up to the falls you would have to pay. I liked the trail. It gets narrow for about a mile, definitely carved out for bikers but no huge elevation gain or rocks to walk over. I would rate this an easy trail. I started around 9am and parking was easy. There were bikers on the path but not many so that didn’t bother me. Well shaded. I didn’t have any issues with bugs until the very last part of the gravel road coming back. The road wasn’t terrible. A little harder on your feet than the trail but the cars coming and going didn’t bother me none. Gorgeous view of the cascades and the falls at the top! Highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Trailhead parking not well marked-park in Skyliner trailhead. After reading reviews, I was disappointed with views on trail. There were a few glimpses of the river, but we chose to return via gravel road and saw mule deer and felt views were better on that road. Maybe time of year was a factor. We started hike before 8 a.m. and didn’t see anyone until we got to the base of the falls. Definitely climb the 1/4 mile to the top of Falls. Views there were amazing!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Really easy and nice trail for getting over an injury!!! Beautiful!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail leads to an awesome view but along the way the overlooks are too cool. Definitely better than just driving up

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a moderately easy hike. The trail has random lookout spots to see the beauty of the river and mountains. Would recommend taking the same trail back, rather than doing the whole loop trail. Return trail is gravel, but if you want to return faster, than the gravel road is suggested.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail with plenty of shade on a hot summer day! The gorgeous waterfall is worth the trek. Yes, you can drive to the waterfall in the summer, but that defeats the purpose of a fun hike and getting fresh air. Part of the hike runs along the river, which is really peaceful and beautiful. We opted to hike this as an “out and back” instead of doing the loop to avoid walking on the gravel road. Out and back is around 7 miles, but not too much elevation gain.

The trail hike is nice, but the gravel road return sucks.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail itself is great! Minus that it says it’s a loop, I’d listen to the other reviews and use it as an out and back trail because the way it brings you back is all gravel. I was super disappointed when I realized you absolutely do not have to walk this trail to get to the falls. The 2 mile one gets you there and considering that’s why I took the trail it was kind of a bummer. The trail itself definitely seems more for bikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Just annoyed that you can’t actually reach the bottom of the falls from this trail as anticipated

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, minimal bugs while we were there. Giving 4 stars because of the traffic. Definitely have to keep your head on a swivel for mountain bikes but everyone was very courteous and safe sharing the trail. Definitely don't recommend doing the full loop like the other reviews say. This trail really should be written as an out and back. If you are capable of climbing down to the bottom of the waterfall I do recommend going for it. It's a really great refreshing spot.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a pretty good trail with minimal efffort over about 6 miles. Elevation gains are small. The only criticism is the parts of the trail which are more narrow and the need to accommodate mountain bikers coming through. We hiked this on a Thursday in early August and saw about 23 cyclists aling the way (coming and going). Not a big deal, but worth mentioning. SeverL people talked about bugs on the trail. We didn't notice anything that bad. A few, here and there. It wasn't relentless though.

***Don’t do the loop! You can take the creek trail there and back and skip walking on the busy gravel road. This was a really nice trail, not too crowded for a Tuesday around lunch. The path is moderately shady but also has some sun. And you’ll need to watch out for mountain bikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice shaded hike to the falls but not much to see along the creek trail. Make sure to take the side hike on way up to waterfall...it leads you down to the fall and can stand behind it!

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Great hike seem to be set up for mountain bikers as that was the majority on the course. Lots of shade but still would try and go early. The falls was absolutely beautiful! We recommend going in and out rather then the loop.

Don’t do the loop the tumalo trail head is AMAZING but once you get to the falls just take the same way back. We did the loop and walked 3 miles no shade on a gravel road with cars dusting us

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Worth doing so you don't have to fight the parking at the base of the falls. The mosquitos were bothersome to just a couple of our group who seem to be more prone to mosquitoes finding them. This is a easy hike for novice hikers or out of town guests who don't regularly hike. Easy to find. I strongly recommend not taking the loop back though! You essentially walk on the gravel road back to the trailhead at Shevlin. Cars drive up and down this road with regularity so you are walking on a gravel road in direct sun in the middle of a national forest. Not pleasant! However, it is an easier hike back and much quicker- just not my idea of a good time.

hiking
4 months ago

Great Pictures! Gorgeous Falls. Busy? well yes, but know before you go and decide if sleeping in, out weighs a good/decent parking spot(?) we also, had our Forest Pass, so we didn’t need to stop & pay $5 fee for parking. The view point from the bathrooms, to the upper view is a little steep, but not horrible. Trail is good. Dusty by mid-morning. We enjoyed finding the trail to the base of the fall. Trail is pretty steep, rocky, loose “gravel” & you climb over a log or two. Be sure your footing & balance is good and enjoy the thunderous boom of the water fall. Picnic tables in the shade for lunch after you walk or hike. Enjoy & don’t leave any trash from you or your “pets.”

hiking
bridge out
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This was a very nice and pleasant hike to the falls. The trail was fairly quiet except for a few mountain bikers, but once you reach the falls it is busy since people can park right there! I didn’t run into mosquitoes until the last stretch when it nears the water. I recommend some light bug spray and you’ll be good.

hiking
4 months ago

We drove for quite a while on the dirt road to get there, so we parked pretty close by. The hike up wasn't too far, but it was steep in areas. We aren't experienced (or conditioned!) hikers, and it was our first day in Oregon after driving from SoCal, but we lugged our butts up the steep incline. Tumalo Falls did not disappoint, though. We went on a Sunday, and the parking was pretty intense. Both sides of the dirt road leading up were lined with cars, and the main (closest) parking lot was full -- minus one spot for us. There were quite a few people, but it didn't feel crowded on the path. We hiked past the falls and were able to sit on a boulder in the middle of the river, which was really awesome!

hiking
4 months ago

The view of Tumalo Falls is wonderful but the high traffic and difficult parking isn’t worth it. If you’re looking for a quiet falls hike I’d recommend looking elsewhere.

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