Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls, Bend: Address, Phone Number, Tumalo Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Tumalo Falls
4.5
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AVLwriter
Asheville, NC443 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
What makes this attraction special: The falls are very close to Bend and you can view them without much of a walk since the falls are just at the end of the parking area. Spectacular flow of water from a great height tumbles into a rushing creek — what could be better! A 1/4-mile upward hike on a dirt trail takes you to the top of the falls for another great view. There is also a trail leading past Tumalo Creek. Be aware that there is a $5 day use fee. Also be cautioned that the 3-mile approach road is unpaved. Even driving slowly will result in a VERY bumpy and dusty ride — which is why I rated this 4 instead of 5 stars. With the popularity of this spot it would be nice if someone would consider paving the road!
Written June 25, 2021
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Kelly
Georgia156 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
The waterfall is lots of fun and enjoyable for most! The waterfall is about 20 minutes outside of Bend. A portion of the road to the falls is unpaved. There are restrooms at the trailhead but no water fountains. There is a $5 fee for access to the park.

There is a ledge right at the parking lot that you see the waterfall, but I recommend walking to the top. There is a short, high hike to the top where you can step out right at top of the falls. You can continue along the river on the trail.

I recommend going down towards the falls. Halfway down (or up) the hill to the top of the falls, there is a small path towards the falls. The path is a little rougher. If you follow this path, you will be lead to the foot of the falls. It is steep at some points so it may not be ideal for children. Also (as most hikes near water) there are a lot of bugs so you may want to bring bug spray.
Written September 19, 2020
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iamhere555
united states127 contributions
Sep 2020
About 20-25 minutes east of Bend, Tumalo Falls is a great day or half day trip. We also saw a lot of bicyclists on the road between Bend and Tumalo.

It is on US Forest land so requires a parking permit or America the Beautiful Pass.

We went on a weekday afternoon in early September and it was crowded--difficult to find parking and we had to go back out and park along the road. It still wasn't a far walk to the waterfall, though. There were a lot of people on the path and overlook to the waterfall; I'm assuming it would be much more crowded on a weekend.

But, the falls are spectacular and we enjoyed seeing them and walking a short distance on the path along the river past the falls. There are other hiking/walking paths, but we did not take the time to explore them all. It's worth the trip, but I'd suggest a weekday if possible.
Written September 29, 2020
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Caw1203
Eldon, MO3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
I’m sure the falls are lovely, but we could not get there. Massive crowds on a Saturday 10:30 am in early October- gravel road that is barely wide enough for 2 way traffic with many cars parked on the roadside. Gave up and turned around. Probably need to go very early.
Written October 3, 2020
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Jlo7799
Brighton, CO182 contributions
Jul 2020
Tumalo Falls in a beautiful waterfall. A very short walk to get to the bottom of the falls and another short hike to get to the top. I would suggest that you go earlier in the day. It gets very busy and the parking lot fills up fast so you have to park on the road. There is also a $5 park pass that you are suppose to purchase and then put back in your car. Luckily, we found a close parking spot so we didn't have to walk so far back to the car. I think a lot of people just don't purchase the park pass. There is a hike that goes beyond the falls which is not too strenuous.
Written July 20, 2020
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Magdalene L
52 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed a Beautiful hike in the snow to see These amazing falls! It was a unique experience. The road to the Usual parking area was closed to traffic due to snow but we hiked the 2.5 miles to get to the view of the falls and took pictures. It was a lovely hike with our dogs who enjoyed it. They are medium sized Brittany’s. There were a lot of people carrying smaller dogs. I’m glad I wore my waterproof snow boots! We both slipped a little going up to the final viewpoint of the falls but it was gorgeous!
Written April 8, 2021
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Ben V
Spokane, WA172 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Today the forest road was closed so you walk 2.5 miles from parking to the falls. Not very many parking spots so go early or on a weekday. Bright blue skies and sunshine made the snowy trek excellent. We wore hiking boots which were fine for 95% of the hike. The last uphill I would have enjoyed some spikes but it was doable if slow.

Incredible view when you get there. Plan to come back in summer to continue on to the other waterfalls.

If I did this again tomorrow, I would pack a lightweight sled. There were times when it would have been incredibly fun to sled down the trail.
Written March 12, 2021
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Ellen
Las Vegas, NV1 contribution
May 2021
We walked 2.5 miles in to see the lower falls. It was beautiful and an easy path to follow but the gates were locked for driving closer to the falls. You may want to consider this if you arrive too early in the year. When we arrived there was no snow and the temperature was in the mid fifties so we didn’t understand why the gates were locked. Also, parking is limited if you can’t drive past the gate so plan accordingly.
Written May 10, 2021
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ssparlin
Grants Pass, OR546 contributions
Aug 2020
The drive was about 30 minutes from our hotel in Bend. Beautiful drive. Last 2.5 miles are unpaved. Gravel but very dirty. A one way bridge at the very end to the psrking lot. They had parking for handicapped. The walk from our car to the first falls viewing area is close to 50 yards and easy walking on dirt. You can also take 1/4 mile hike to top of the falls and the lookout there. I did not take that hike due to a broken back in January. There were lots more cars there than anticipated with several csrs parked on the road before the bridge to the parking lot and walked in. Definitely had to wash the car after we returned to Bend.
Written August 1, 2020
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EmeraldDove
Pittsburgh, PA45 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Very beautiful water falls, plural...the trail past the main falls was not very busy. Seems like most people just go to the first viewing platform.
Packed dirt path with very few roots and rocks compared to other trails in the PNW made for a relatively easy uphill hike for 2 plus miles out. The main detraction was the number of little black flies and mosquitos which did not give me a moments peace...even after applying insect wipes with Picaridin twice. Still it was a beautiful spot and I am glad to have seen it. :)
Written July 20, 2021
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