Fat Bikes, Hutch's Bicycles, near Bend, Oregon

Central Oregon Waterfalls – Tumalo Falls by Fat Bike

15 min read

Tumalo Falls is one of Central Oregon’s most spectacular natural features. The 97-foot falls of Tumalo Creek is a popular and easily-accessible spot for visitors and locals alike looking for a scenic spot and gentle hike.

But it’s also a sight-to-see come winter when the falls sometimes freezes over, creating an even more amazing landscape. Getting there in the winter, however, can be a bit of a challenge. Enter fat bikes! Fat biking is the latest outdoor activity to take Central Oregon by storm. The huge mountain bike tires are built for snow and sand and make riding a bike in the winter not only doable, but downright enjoyable. (And when you’re a mountain bike Mecca like Central Oregon, folks will try anything to keep riding year-round.)

Follow along as My Window’s Mackenzie Wilson gets some fat biking advice and heads out on the trail with The Hub Cyclery owner TJ Jordan.

Interested in giving fat biking a try? You can rent the burly bikes at a handful of local bike shops including The Hub Cyclery, Pine Mountain Sports, and Hutch’s Bicycles.


Mackenzie Wilson
Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard is COVA's Marketing Manager and in-house videographer. She came to COVA after more than 5 years in front of a camera working as a TV journalist. Her true passion is writing. Growing up in Sandpoint, Idaho – Mackenzie spent her summers boating on Lake Pend Oreille and winters snowboarding Schweitzer. After graduating from the University of Idaho, Mackenzie tested out city-life in Portland; but bumper-to-bumper traffic and the rain finally took their toll on her and she packed up and headed to the High Desert. Now, it’s hard to get her to leave Bend, even just for the weekend. There are just too many amazing hikes, bike rides and camping spots to take advantage of in Central Oregon to go elsewhere.