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Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

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  • Lilies bloom along the trail in July.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Salmonberries abound in July.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • This meadow becomes thick and brushy during the summer season.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • A brand new Dome Rock Trail sign stands beneath the old ones.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Sedum flowers dot the rocky outcropping near the summit of Dome Rock.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • A butterfly rests on one of the many flowers on the summit block.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Views from the summit extend in all directions.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • An open backcountry campsite at Tumble Lake.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Tumble Lake invites swimming on a hot day- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Panoramic view atop Dome Rock.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Primitive campsite along Tumble Lake.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • Tumble Lake from the Dome Rock Trail.- Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
  • - Dome Rock + Tumble Lake Hike
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Pros: 
Solitude. Year-round trailhead access. Panoramic views.
Cons: 
Steep from lower trailhead. Brushy trail to the lake.
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Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,270.00 ft (996.70 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
10.60 mi (17.06 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,600.00 ft (487.68 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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There are several hiking and camping opportunities on the trails to Dome Rock and Tumble Lake. Two trails lead to Dome Rock, the bald, rocky peak that once housed a fire lookout. The longer and harder way begins from Detroit Lake, while the easier jaunt begins from a trailhead off a rough Forest Service road. From this same trailhead, swimmers and campers can head to the cold and quiet Tumble Lake. This lake, nestled in the forest beneath Elephant and Tumble Rock, teems with wriggly newts in the summer. There are a couple of nice backcountry campsites on the lake's shore for overnight visits. In August, huckleberries ripen, making the scramble down to the lake more enjoyable. 

You'll spend most of your time deep in the forest along these trails, but keep an eye open for the occasional rocky outcrop. During summer, sedum and other hardy flowering plants bloom in a rainbow of colors. At the top of Dome Rock, catch your breath and take in the panoramic views of the central Cascades, including snowy Mount Jefferson.

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