Groomed trail
No
Elevation Gain
?
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Warming hut
No
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After Mount Bachelor, Tumalo Falls is perhaps Bend’s most visited natural feature in the winter…and for good reason.  From the parking lot, this dog-friendly, 2.5-mile trail along Tumalo Falls Road winds through a glaciated valley filled with 30 year-old ponderosa pines planted after the Bridge Creek Fire in 1979. This little section of road is a hot spot for locals wanting to get a little exercise and a glimpse of Central Oregon’s tallest waterfall.*  Alternately, you can park at Skyliner Sno-park (0.4 miles back down Skyliner Road) and take a far less trafficked route up to the 89-foot falls by following a small trail on the south side of Tumalo Creek.

Further, if you are looking for a work out, a little more peace and quiet, and a full tour of the area, continue on the Tumalo Creek and Falls Trail all the way to Happy Valley, where you'll see countless incredible cascades.  Wake up early for this full-day adventure, as the climb all the way to Happy Valley is 12 miles and 2,400 feet.

* Note that we mean our Central region; 286-foot Salt Creek Falls falls into our Southern Cascades region. 

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)

Pros

Rewarding waterfall. Dog friendly. Possible trail extensions up Tumalo Creek.

Cons

Very heavily used.

Trailhead Elevation

3,360.00 ft (1,024.13 m)

Net Elevation Gain

500.00 ft (152.40 m)

Features

Shelters
Snowshoeing
Waterfalls
Big vistas

Trail type

There-and-back

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

02/20/2017
Tumalo Creek near the trailhead.
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