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