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Tumalo Falls, Bend

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Tumalo Falls is a 97ft waterfall on Tumalo Creek, in the Cascade Range west of Bend in the U.S. state of Oregon. Additional waterfalls are upstream along Tumalo Creek and a tributary, Bridge Creek. All of these falls are within the Deschutes National Forest.The United States Forest Service manages the Tumalo Falls Day Use Area about 14mi from Bend by forest roads. In addition to waterfall views, the day-use area has picnic sites and a toilet and offers access to trails for hiking and mountain biking. Using the site requires a Northwest Forest Pass or payment of a fee.Tumalo Falls Trail leads from the picnic area to a viewing platform above Tumalo Falls, about 0.25mi upstream. The trail continues beyond the falls. About 1.25mi further upstream, it reaches a second waterfall, Middle Tumalo Falls, a two-tiered cascade totaling 65ft in height.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This was amazing.... a must see in my opinion! We took the obscure trail off to the right and cut lower along the river and there is a great place to walk behind the falls. (This trail is a bit tricky...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We did the 8 mile hike that started with Tumalo Falls. The initial waterfall is located very close to the parking lot. It is accessible to many people and small children. The 8 mile hike to Happy Vall...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    My son and I headed up to the falls after a soccer game in the area. The last 2 1/2 miles were on a dirt road, but easy traversed. Drivers were courteous. It was later in the day and there were places...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Gorgeous waterfall. Only a quarter of a mile hike to the top from the parking lot. Parking was horrendous, though. There is a very small lot with nowhere to turn around. We parked further down the road and walked up rather that hassle with the parking lot.
  • December 10, 2016
    I highly recommend the hike in the winter; it's so beautiful when everything is white! The tall snow covered trees make you feel like you're amidst a winter wonderland. We did 4 miles in and 4 miles out; the hike was an easy walk as it had a slow rate of elevation gain. This was a very rewarding hike because the trail passes through so many beautiful waterfalls.
  • December 25, 2016
    It was an easy hike for my 4 & 7 year old daughters who are not the most active kids. They had a blast playing by the stream and seeing all the sites along the well marked trails. It gets extremely busy so if you want to get good parking and avoid the crowds on the trail, going early in the day will be best.
  • May 12, 2017
    Nice place to take the family for beautiful scenery. Can't go wrong.
  • January 13, 2017
    Wonderful snow shoeing up to the falls. We went on a weekday so it wasn't crowded at all, but I bet the weekends might be a different story. Spectacular and gorgeous!

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Since many people come to Bend to experience the outdoors, it's no surprise that many lodges and bed and breakfasts here are designed to resemble log cabins. Consider a stay near the scenic Deschutes River for scenic views. You'll find a few chain hotels with comfortable standard rooms in the downtown area.
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