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Tumalo Falls Loop is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bend, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 1,220 ft Route type Loop

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The gate is subject to winter closure which can make the trail about 2.4 miles longer each direction. The trail runs past Tumalo Falls, Doulble Falls, Upper Falls, North Fork Falls, and Bridge Creek Falls, among others. The viewpoint for Tumalo Falls is a few steps from the parking lot or a short trail to the top. The 97-foot fall along Tumalo Creek is one of the tallest and most beautiful waterfalls in Central Oregon. The USFS has developed viewpoints both at the top (0.5 miles up trail) and near the base of the falls making the views easy for everyone.\n\nAs you continue up North Fork Trail you will pass several other waterfalls before crossing Middle Fork Tumalo Creek via a cut log bridge. Thereafter North Fork Trail passes several more waterfalls before the Swampy Lake Trail return route (about 300 yards past the Swampy Lake Trail trailhead, marked by a sign for Bridge Creek, is a beautiful meadow called Happy Valley, which is worth a look though not on this route). The Swampy Lake Trail requires crossing Middle Fork Tumalo Creek again, this time without a bridge. Some downed trees can be used to cross but require great balance; otherwise you have to wade through thigh-to-waist deep frigid water for about 50 feet. The Bend Watershed starts approximately a mile further and continues along Bridge Creek Trail until you return to North Fork Trail. NO DOGS and no camping are allowed inside this watershed.

From Highway 97 in Bend, head west on Franklin Street. After about a mile you will turn right across the Deschutes River onto Galveston Street. Continue on Galveston past Century Drive when it becomes Skyliners Road. Follow this road for 10.5 miles and then take a left on to Forest Service Road 4601 which has a sign for Tumalo Falls. Follow this road as it becomes gravel all the way to the trailhead in another 2.5 miles.

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Robert Francis
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HikingBugs

Beautiful, great waterfalls to your right the entire first half. We wandered around a bit past the turn-back point at a gorgeous meadow area. Highly recommend, but you absolutely need bug juice (even when it’s hot and sunny) - we got eaten up!

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Anja Van Elgort
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Hiking

For anyone who is still looking to social distance this is not the place to be. Tons of people and no one wearing masks. Parking is limited. I’m gonna try this hike in the very early morning to avoid the crowds.

John Stout
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HikingBridge out

Great hike! Lots of payoff points with waterfalls. Ascend via the north route that the public takes to Tumalo Falls. On the right take the side trail to the base of the falls, just a single log to step over. Nice photos there under Tumalo Falls. Several other falls to see on the way up. Take a sharp u turn at the top away from Happy Valley. Crossing log over river fully submerged. We walked up river about 150 feet to cross in ankle-knee deep water. Only one other two-person party on this trail down to original trailhead. Great hike!!

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Lisa S
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Hiking

Really nice falls and road is open. After about 2.5 miles in the mosquitos attacked. Bring your bug spray!!

James Neil
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Hiking

The gate is now open to the trailhead. This trail head at the end of the gravel road and is 1/2 mile to Tumalo Falls view point. After Tumalo falls there were 4 more waterfalls. We were able to cross the river by walking a log. A few mosquitoes at the top. They are not taking fees at this time.

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Andy Porter
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Hiking

Excellent hike which begins at Tumalo Falls (gate was open) and follows North Fork Trail along Tumalo Creek past numerous (8-10) water falls. Happy Valley is a beautiful meadow which starts about 300 yards past the Swampy Lake Trail trailhead and is worth a look. Aside from the wide and frigid thigh-deep Middle Fork Tumalo Creek crossing (which can only be avoided by crossing via a downed tree, which requires very good balance), the return along Swampy Lakes Trail is not as eventful but does offer a few waterfalls and a valley view. Note that dogs are prohibited on the last half of this segment for political reasons.

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Jared Corbett
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Hiking

Hiked on 6/3. Road still closed, it's a 2.5 mile trek on gravel to the trailhead. Tumalo is beautiful and there's a little trail you can take to get right up next to/behind the falls. Great view of double falls as well. Turned around after that. Would be 5 stars, but the slog to the trailhead is a bummer.

Nicholas Beach
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Hiking

Easy. Lovely falls. Recommend doing swamp lake at the same time if you want a longer hike. Great with dogs.

kyle ostrander
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HikingSnow

Gate is still closed, and still snow on trail past first falls. Can get to the third falls but not any further lost the trail in the snow.

Leslie Brebner
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Hiking

2.4 mile walk on the road to get to the trailhead, partial snow coverage. Easy packed snow/ice and mud 1/4 mile trail to the viewpoint of Tumalo Falls. From there it was a snow packed trail, spikes were necessary. We followed footprints (there are no visible trail markers!) to the third waterfall which was not indicated on the app. Shortly after that the footprints stopped making it impossible to continue with no visible signs of the trail.

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Jiminy Ricketts
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HikingSnow

Deep snow but passable with some type of traction device on boots. We had Yaktrax pro’s on with hiking poles. Beautiful serene trails.

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Benjamin Verdoorn
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HikingIcy

Great hike with lots of waterfalls! Icy along the south side so we needed poles.

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Rod Hawkins
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Snow

We hikes counter clockwise. Nice hike up along the river with all the waterfalls. Luckily we read other reviews about having to cross creek and brought a towel to dry off after wading across creek. coming down through the watershed we ran into alot of snow and ice on the trail which slowed us up. Other than that it was a great day for a hike

Heather Busby
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HikingFeeMuddy

The last little bit of road in is pretty washboarded. We got a late start to the hike & once it got dark decided not to continue to loop. Well maintained trail. Very busy up to the top of Tumalo Falls, then only saw a few people. We saw a ton of waterfalls, definitely want to come back to finish the entire loop.

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Derek Hunter
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Hiking

River crossing required for loop. We opted for an out and back

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Anne Shoemaker
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Hiking

Counter clockwise loop: Numerous waterfalls on the way up, gorgeous forest with large windfall areas on the way down. Great views. No dogs or bikes allowed on most of the downhill part.

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Kamal Ahmed
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HikingSnow

This trail is splendid! There are more than 10 beautiful waterfalls on the trail. We hiked on Wed and it seemed the best time to be on this trail. There were beautiful colors along with a thin layer of snow at some places among the trees. The loop is a bit more than 7 miles and really gorgeous.

Crystal Blower
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Hiking

9/21/19: This was such an amazing hike, I’d do it over and over again. A little steep at the beginning, but the rest was easy. Takes a while to go up because there are so many waterfalls to look at, but coming down takes no time at all. The higher up on the trail you go, the more unmanned it is, so that’s something to keep in mind. There was a waterfall we weren’t able to see at all because of fallen trees and stuff. Be sure your phone is fully charged, you’ll want to take a lot of photos!

Jamie F.
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Hiking

Hiked this with a friend and our dogs yesterday! It was beautiful and had the most wonderful display of forest mushrooms we have ever seen! We did out and back.... unsure of where the loop is and how we missed it? Regardless, it was a great way to spend a morning. Lots of bikers too, which was different from the last time I hiked this.

Marc Phillips
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Hiking

IMPORTANT TIPS: 1 -- Have a $5 bill and a pen with you: otherwise risk a parking ticket; one is required to put $5 in an envelope and write your car info on the envelope, and there is nobody there to make change. 2. Print out or download the trailmap prior to heading out. There is no data service in the area, and the Falls Loop is not denoted on the poorly marked trail map posted at the trailhead. Okay, now that that is out of the way, the hike from the trailhead up the North Fork Trail #242 is nothing short of absolutely beautiful. I lost track of how many waterfalls we passed, but it seemed like it was around 10 or so. Also, the North Fork Trail is replete with tall trees, providing not only beauty but quite a bit of shade. Now, onto that printing out of the trailmap I had mentioned.... we forgot to do that, and when we took a break at the four-way trail junction at Happy Valley, I had told my friends that I felt confident that the Loop trail was to head back 0.3 miles to the previous 2-way fork and take the split trail back to the car. Unfortunately for me, a trail map existed at the 4-way junction to Happy Valley and we were not seeing the Swampy Lakes Trail denoted. Not only that, but a biker asked us if we needed help, and one of my friends said yes... he said the only way back was to take the Metolius to the Mrazek Trail, and my companions voted to do this. This turned our 7 mile hike into an 11 mile hike, and although parts of the Mrazek opened up to truly majestic views (reminiscent of the Blue Mountains of Australia IMHO), the bulk of the Metolius and Mrazek Trails were nothing special. Next time I come, I'll have a printout of the trailmap with me so that I can't be talked out of heading back via the Swampy Lakes Trail. :)

Angela Mode
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Hiking

Beautiful Friday hike, parking was not an issue, and trails were easy to follow. There were plenty of opportunities for pictures and breaks if needed. Traffic was not bad at all.

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Holly T
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HikingBugs

We loved this trail. We did this one a year ago, but I forgot to review it. The waterfalls are stunning. There are several on the trail if you keep going. We got there pretty early so there was only one other car and plenty of parking available. It’s an easy to moderate hike with plenty of photo ops by the waterfalls. Watch out for mountain bikers. We had to move to the side for several of them on the way back. It got super crowded by the time we were coming down. It would not have been as enjoyable if we started later with all the crowds.

Wildflower AZ
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HikingBugs

The waterfalls were spectacular but the trail was kinda boring. No views, tons of mosquitoes, the California Tortoiseshell butterflies were pretty cool. Wound up trying to hike the loop and got turned back at the creek crossing. Probably could have made it but better to use discretion when hiking alone. Plus the water was frigid!

Kitcia Aguilar
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HikingBugs

I would give this trail 10/10! Absolutely would come back to visit. Tip: go up 24.2 trail and come down #24 Going up will be a little steep but the views are absolutely amazing, so many waterfalls and great places to take pictures. On the way down I would recommend running down or jogging, it feels light and easy coming down. Definitely a lot more bugs on the way down, running helps keep them away!

Jeanne Ochsner
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Hiking

Start with Tumalo falls and keep going. So many more upstream. Just beautiful! The road is open to the trailhead but still patches of snow at the higher levels.

Margaret Mclean
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Tried to do this hike - followed directions to trail head. Wayyyy off the beaten path. Nowhere to park. Poor directions.

Alexei Morris
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfalls! The hike is alright but definitely worth it for the waterfalls and great photo opportunities

Jared Guest
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