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Tumalo Falls Hike

Picturesque falls in West Oregon are especially impressive during the summer


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Tumalo Falls is located on Tumalo Creek in the Cascade mountain range in the state of Oregon near the town of Bend. The falls belong to the Deschutes National Forest Preserve. With an elevation of 5,052 feet (1,540 m), Tumalo Falls features a picnic area and a few trails for hiking and mountain biking. Admission requires Northwest Forest Pass or payment of a fee.

Tumalo Falls Trail starts from the picnic grounds and leads to a viewing platform above 97-foot (30 m) Tumalo Falls, about 0.25 mi (400 m) upstream. This hike can take about 10 minutes. After the falls the trail goes further upstream leading to the 65-feet (20-m) two-tiered cascade Middle Tumalo Falls. The trail then continues for 4 miles to a Happy Valley.

The trail is snow-free from June through October (for extra safety opt for the period between mid-June and September). Late June and July are good months to see the falls in full power. The road to the falls is closed for traffic during winter. In addition to seeing the falls, the area is suitable for fishing, biking and photographing.

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