Tumalo Mountain

December 31, 2018

On New Year’s Even Greg and I snowshoed up Tumalo Mountain and were treated to some nice views!

Tumalo Mountain

Once again we started off the morning with breakfast at Sparrow Bakery:

Sparrow Bakery

Dutchman Flat Sno-Park doesn’t have anywhere near enough parking available. Even though we arrived at 8:20am we got one of the last parking spots:

Dutchman Flat Sno-Park

Mt. Bachelor was hiding in the clouds:

Mt. Bachelor

So was South Sister:

South Sister

The trail heads straight up the mountain from the sno-park:

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

The temps were in the teens, so the snow and ice on the trees stayed where it was instead of melting off and it was quite beautiful:

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Frosty

Tumalo Mountain

We had some blue sky at the start:

Tumalo Mountain

But as we got higher, we encountered a lot more clouds:

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Mt. Bachelor barely visible:

Tumalo Mountain

Now Mt. Bachelor is totally obscured:

Cloudy day

The clouds swirled around us and occasionally we got glimpses beyond our mountain:

We can see!

Tumalo Mountain

But when we got to the top of Tumalo Mountain we had no views. The snow was sculpted by the wind that blasted the summit area:

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Due to the lack of views and the cold wind we didn’t linger up there and started heading back down:

Tumalo Mountain

Fortunately, the clouds started clearing out while we were still in the open area up top and we did end up getting some views. Mt. Bachelor:

Mt. Bachelor

South Sister showed itself:

South Sister

We went off-trail a short ways to get a better view north into the Three Sisters Wilderness where we could see the Three Sisters and Broken Top. Nice!

Three Sisters

The clearing continued and I enjoyed seeing the icy snowy trees set against the deep blue sky as we snowshoed down:

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain

It was 21 degrees when we got back to the car at 12:30. What a perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve day!

Tumalo Falls

December 30, 2018

Greg and I spent a long New Year’s weekend in Bend. On Sunday we showshoed to Tumalo Falls.

Tumalo Falls

Our first stop was breakfast at Sparrow Bakery. YUM!

We parked at Skyliners Sno-Park and were one of the first cars there:

Skyliners Sno-Park

From there we set off down the Tumalo Creek Trail:

Tumalo Creek Trail

Tumalo Creek Trail

There wasn’t┬ámuch to see, but we got occasional glimpses of the cliffs to the right:

Cliffs

Cliffs

We crossed the South Fork on a little bridge:

Tumalo Creek Trail

Better views of Tumalo Creek:

Tumalo Creek Trail

And then we reached the lower viewpoint for Tumalo Falls:

Tumalo Falls

We also visited the upper viewpoint, and we could see downstream along the canyon we just hiked up:

View from Tumalo Falls

Top of Tumalo Falls

We hiked back on the road (which is closed to vehicles in winter) rather than the trail:

Hiking back from Tumalo Falls

Hiking back from Tumalo Falls

We passed at least 60 people hiking in as we hiked out and we were glad that we had gotten an early start. When we reached the gate at the end of the road we discovered that there was parking there. Good to know for next time:

Tumalo Falls parking

We enjoyed lunch at Crux afterward:

Lunch at Crux