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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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  • To visit the falls you don't have to walk far, but there is a trail that continues on that we were not aware of and started on it right before lunch so we couldn't take the loop. But if you keep going...  more »
  • We went after it rained all day. It made the water roar over the falls! It was spectacular. Plus it was a nice, short walk to the platform to view the falls. The biggest problem was the unpaved road t...  more »
  • There are a few different way to reach the falls. The short one is 0.25 mile hike from the parking lot just below it. There is 4 mile hike as well. The parking is very small can be overcrowded during ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice place to take the family for beautiful scenery. Can't go wrong.
  • 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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