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Tumalo Falls

Nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Central Oregon, the Tumalo Falls hike stands as a testament to the region’s natural beauty. This iconic trail, located just a short drive from Bend, offers outdoor enthusiasts of all levels and ages a spectacular journey through the Deschutes National Forest.
The adventure begins at the trailhead just steps from the parking lot, where visitors are greeted by towering pine trees and the serene Tumalo Creek. As hikers traverse the well-maintained path, the anticipation builds, leading them to the main attraction – Tumalo Falls. Cascading from a height of 89 feet, the falls create a mesmerizing spectacle that captivates all who witness it. The sheer power of the water and the lush greenery surrounding the area make for a photographer’s paradise.

The Tumalo Falls hike is not just about the destination; the journey itself is a sensory delight. The trail winds through a diverse forest, featuring old-growth ponderosa pines and Douglas firs, while glimpses of the Cascade Mountains provide a stunning backdrop. During the warmer months, wildflowers add vibrant colors to the scenery, creating a picturesque setting.

The falls have various vantage points and viewing platforms where everyone can find the perfect spot to soak in the serenity and grandeur of Tumalo Falls. This Central Oregon gem beckons adventurers, promising an unforgettable blend of nature, tranquility, and awe-inspiring beauty.

Open Season

Summer: June-October

Dog Friendly and/or Leash Rules

Dog Friendly, some off leash areas, Dogs NOT allowed in Bend Watershed

Best time to visit

Open year round, summer is the most popular time to visit

Don’t Miss

A photo opp in front of the falls and packing a picnic to enjoy lunch while you’re there!

Fees or Pass Needed

$5/vehicle/day fee, or Northwest Forest Pass, or America The Beautiful Pass

Restrictions

Limited parking/high use area, 27 ft vehicle length limit

Activities

Hiking

Biking

Uphill only on North Fork Trail

Picnicking

Running

Snowshoeing

Parking

Limited @ Trailhead

Directions

From Bend, OR: Travel 11.6 miles west on Skyliner’s Road (4601), then 2.6 miles west on Forest Road 4603.

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    Arguably Bend’s most popular waterfall hike, Tumalo Falls is only a 30 minute drive from town up Skyliners Road to Forest Road 4603. When the falls are open in the summer, it’s an easy quarter-mile hike on the North Fork Trail. The trail–paved and wheelchair accessible at the observation deck–leads visitors to views of the spectacular 97-foot waterfall.

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    Bend has been referred to as an outdoor paradise, and it’s easy to see why. From rolling high desert hills and arid plains to forested and snow-capped mountain peaks with lakes and rivers throughout, visiting Bend and Central Oregon is perfect if you love adventure. There is no shortage of trails to be explored in the region; you have your pick of distance, difficulty, and landscape. To help get you started, here are five easy hikes we recommend in Bend and around Central Oregon.