Tumalo Falls Viewpoint via Tumalo Falls Road
It is a fairly flat trail that runs along a road that is not open year round, so do your research before going. As this trail is very popular year round, in the winter months, you will be likely be hiking or snow biking on packed snow. If you continue above the Tumalo Falls viewpoint, there are more waterfalls to be seen. In summer months, you will be able to park closer after driving on a gravel road. Arrive early as the parking area is usually very crowded. Bring a writing utensil and cash to pay for a parking permit.
The Tumalo Falls area is located about 10 miles west of Bend. From Highway 97 in Bend, turn west on Franklin Street. As Franklin runs through town, it parallels a nice park along the Deschutes River. Just after this park - about a mile from 97 - turn right and cross the River on Galveston Street. After passing Century Drive, Galveston turns into Skyliners Road. Follow Skyliners Road for 10 ½ miles, and turn left on FSR 4601, signed for Tumalo Falls, just after crossing Tumalo Creek. Only open when the snow has melted, this gravel route ends in another 2 1/2 miles at the Tumalo Falls Trailhead. The lower viewpoint is a mere 50 feet from the parking lot, looking up the gorge at the powerful falls. An easy trail zigzags up to the top of the falls for a different perspective.
This is a good trail for children, especially in the summer. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, and a camera.
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