• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Tumalo Falls is a family-friendly 1 mile roundtrip hike if you head only to the upper viewpoint. 

The viewpoint is only footsteps from the parking area, and gives the best view of the 89-foot falls. A half mile trail leads visitors up to the upper viewpoint, right next to the falls. From there, Middle Tumalo Falls is around one and a quarter miles up the trail and Happy Valley is around three miles and a thousand feet up.

Along the way, there are a dozen or so smaller waterfalls and scenic pools. On the way back to the parking area, there is an unmarked (and very unofficial) trail that leads to the base of the falls, affording a chance to hike behind the falls themselves.

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Rain/Sun gear
  • Water
  • Sturdy shoes
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Just visited Bend for the first time and would highly recommend the Tumalo Falls hike. Great for dogs, easy to get to and there are several more trails, so you can play all day. However, during winter the paved road becomes dangerously icy.

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

Beautiful large waterfall, but be sure to hike the trail to enjoy more great waterfalls. Beautiful location and well worth the visit.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Coming from New England, we just don't have waterfalls this big, and we especially don't have them right off the side of a road. If you are in the Bend area I definitely recommend taking the 30 minute drive to this place. It really is magical.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Went there on a Monday afternoon and it wasn't too busy, although the small parking lot was full and cars were parking along the road. Great views from the initial viewpoint, but I would recommend making the short hike up to the upper viewpoint for an even better perspective.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great views, you can even keep going on the trail to reach more falls. I went today (March 23rd) and it was really snowy. I'd recommend snowshoes if you plan on hiking past Tumalo. Also, the gate is closed so that adds about 4 miles on to your total hike. However, I would recommend checking this out.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The road is closed and everyone is "supposed" to hike the trail. Which means it is a bit crowded but well worth the hike.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

If you're looking for a relaxing day with some friends, family, or even solo the freshness of Tumalo Falls is your place to be! Also you can find Bend's main watershed source just down a parallel trail to the river.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Sweet falls, there's a trail that runs behind the falls too.

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

The road is currently closed (Apr 11, 2015), so you'll have to start hiking from the Syliners trailhead. Round trip to the Tumalo overlook is about 7ish miles.

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

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