Tumalo Dam hike is not well known

By: Joel Blatt + Save to a List

No more dam, but a nice remote hike

This is not a destination hike, but it is an interesting destination.  The dam has a rich history, dating back to the early 1900s.  You won't find hike on AllTrails, but is seemingly maintained and well-traveled, albeit on private lands.  

To get started, find spot to park near dam.  No trailhead, but if you face north (off Sisemore Road) from the west end of what remains of the dam (see picture) you will see start of trail, which will drop down into the canyon and wander northeast.  

After about four miles, if you're looking at a map, it would eventually take you to Brandywine Road.  However, the groomed single-track trail gets lean after about two miles.  It is an out-and-back excursion.

Most enjoyable in fall/winter when conditions are less sandy.  The rock walls are majestic.  Into the hike, you will come across additional dam remnants.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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