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A lot of bang for your buck. Short, easy, with fantastic waterfalls. You can see three different falls by going roughly 1.5 miles past the main Tumalo viewpoint. Be sure to follow the mini trail to the bottom of Tumalo Falls as well.

Nice easy trail. Beautiful views.

Worth the walk!

The trail is short and fairly easy, but the views at sunset were unbelievable! 5 stars for the sunset views! It’s also important to note that gps will take you to the road and not the trailhead. We ended up at the top in our car and had some time before sunset so we just hiked down and back up.

I mean for a city trail, it’s amazing, clean, hills, good scenery.

Unique! Bring a very bright light, a tissue or two and wear a warm coat. Cave ventures back about a mile and a sign notifies you when to stop. Be aware not to wear any other clothes that you've worn in other caves. Definitely worth seeing!

Great place to walk and talk.

Beautiful waterfalls!!

Great hike but hit it early to avoid congestion.

The falls is great. I actually enjoyed the 2nd falls better if you take the hike past Tumalo Falls.

Trail is not marked. The trail splits and takes you through a burn. Super sandy. Did not find lake.

I came to the lava river cave 7/7/18 for my cousin's birthday and bachelorette get away and it was fun but it can get busy and they only let so much people go in because it's a cave.

the reason I rate this hike 3/5 because I like to see my surroundings, just because I like to look at things as I hike. this was also my first cave hike and for me, I would say that it was a good first time experience but I wouldn't come to bend again just for this hike because I'm not a cave hiker. but I would rather go to an outdoor hike out in bend instead :)

also before coming to this hike, bring your own flashlight so you wouldn't have to buy or rent a mediocre flashlight that cost $10. bring a sweater or jacket, it is cold inside the cave. and be prepared, you have to go through an orientation before going inside the cave, and there might be a line going inside the cave.

This was a nice trail, we started at Tumalo Creek trail and arrived st the visitors parking area to a great view of falls from a distance. I was tired but wanted to get closer and possibly underneath but didn’t do it. Hopefully before we leave I’d like to get to the visitor area on top of falls!

dusty but worth it ! The plaque at the top that represents surrounding mountains was unclear.!

The loop is more like 5.5 miles

difficult to locate actual trail. We stayed on the paved road, beautiful walk, shaded, great photo ops near the river.

Fantastic hike, you can walk almost directly underneath the waterfall!

Great views, if you are lucky there are raspberries to pick on the side of the trail.

hiking
29 days ago

Bring bright flashlights for every person who visits. Use the bathroom before you go. Mind the limited hours and days because you can only visit when it's staffed and open. Dress for warmth in 42 degrees fahrenheit even in the summer - it's ALWAYS that temperature! I have been to the Lava River Cave several times over the years. This review is for my favorite time in July 2007 when I went with my 3 best friends from high school. It was a blast! My friend Jim and I climbed to the upper tube in one area - a considerable challenge. The length is inaccurate on AllTrails. It is just over a mile to the end of the cave, so 2 miles out and back. Of course you don't have to go all the way to the end. There are points where the tube is very cramped (you have to bend over or even crawl) while other places it is huge, with the ceiling towering overhead. The cave is a rather crowded touristy area with a manned booth and various rules, but that can actually help it feel "safer" or less "creepy." There are other less known and less crowded caves around, but this is a good one to take visitors who are new to the area.

Short easy trail for a walk along the Deschutes River. Recommend early morning or evening. Can get hot, very little shade.

go early or late evening, can get warm
very little shade.

Nice nature walk along the river!

Nice little trail!

Nice little trail!

Very enjoyable trail but way too many people. Very convenient and right along the river.

Snowshoed this loop in the winter and it was beautiful. A couple of downsides: the trail is very narrow so you have to be paying attention to skiers or mountain bikers coming downhill, it wasn't super well marked in the winter and we ended up going a mile in the wrong direction. I'd love to try this again in the fall when the leaves change!

trail running
1 month ago

Exactly as advertised. This trail is a nice, short distance with beautiful views. Definitely a must at sunset!

This is one of my favorite afternoon loops. It's an easy and peaceful walk!

The map represented on this page is not the First Street Rapids trail. The first street rapids trail starts at the end of NW 1st street. Please rename this trail as the extended version of the Reed Market South River Trail.

Amazing scenery. The best view is right from the small Tumalo Falls parking lot (no hiking required (not always what we want to hear)). There are plenty of trails around, however.
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