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2.9 miles

Trail bed has extensive ice coverage. Expect very slick conditions.

Trail Reports

  • Josh L December 30, 2017 at 7:09 pmTotal skating rink today since it froze overnight. Unrideable unless you have studs...
  • Julia Sparks December 29, 2017 at 1:40 pmIt's a slushy mess, don't recommend riding it right now.
  • Jay Marsh December 24, 2017 at 4:59 pmFatbike bliss all the way to Tumalo Falls!
  • Eric Kutter December 19, 2017 at 2:11 pmLots of ice. Not much snow. May get covered in snow this evening.
  • Adam Tate November 19, 2017 at 7:39 amNo other fatbike tires on the trail just hikers boots, a tad bumpy but rideable.
  • Jimmy Thefly October 19, 2017 at 7:37 pmClear no issues.
  • Joe Myers August 2, 2017 at 9:54 pmnice!

Trail Description

The Tumalo Creek Trail runs from Skyliner Snowpark to Tumalo Falls. The trail is very fast when descending, so be careful as there are some short sight lines due to the fast growing vegetation. This trail provides great views of the ridge across Tumalo Creek and access to the bottom of the Southfork and Northfork trails. It’s also a fairly popular hiking trail and a good nordic trail in the winter that is shared by snowshoers, skiers and fat bikers.

Note that the bridge West of Skyliner Sno Park is missing due to repair, so the Forest Service is routing people up over the lower part of the ridge to intersect Tumalo Creek trail a hundred yard or so up the trail. See the Tumalo Tie shown on the map.

For winter riders, many ride the road to or from Tumalo Falls. This allows for a loop as opposed to an out and back. Please do not ride on XC ski tracks if you see them. This can be hard on Tumalo Creek trail — but you have lots of room on the road to carve your own path.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Tumalo Creek

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  1. Julia Sparks says:

    It’s a slushy mess, don’t recommend riding it right now.

    1. Josh L says:

      Total skating rink today since it froze overnight. Unrideable unless you have studs…

  2. Jay Marsh says:

    Fatbike bliss all the way to Tumalo Falls!

  3. Eric Kutter says:

    Lots of ice. Not much snow. May get covered in snow this evening.

  4. Adam Tate says:

    No other fatbike tires on the trail just hikers boots, a tad bumpy but rideable.

  5. Jimmy Thefly says:

    Clear no issues.

  6. Tammy Wisco says:

    Had a large bear run in the trail in front of us this morning. We were about 1 to 1.5 miles downstream from Tumalo Falls.

  7. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    There is a new bridge across the South Fork. I wonder if the first crossing has a bridge now. I took the detour today.

    1. Mike Schmeiske says:

      Not as of a couple weeks ago…

  8. Eric Kutter says:

    Still a few of those snow patches today you can easily skirt by while staying on trail but only one you need to ride through about 5 feet. Mostly note that you should take the Tumalo Tie route as the bridge is still out by the lodge close to the parking lot.

  9. Riding great. A few micro snow patches that will be gone tomorrow. Looking up Southfork was a different story. Patches started right away, so I didn’t go any further than looking uphill.

  10. Bill Hartrich says:

    Mostly riding well with several snow patches and a few hike a bike.

  11. Joel Blatt says:

    Mar 2: albeit not perfect, riding well enough; tumalo falls road is hard pack and somewhat bumpy

  12. Brian Coop says:

    The trail is about as perfect as can be right now. Trails up to the top and base of the falls are also packed in nicely.

  13. Joel Blatt says:

    Suggestion: rather than Tumalo Creek, climb up Bearwallow Road to NF 4601 and beyond. It is well-packed, but not highly-trafficked or icy. Go fat.

  14. Joel Blatt says:

    Aside from occasional hikers, trail is riding well and no deadfall.

    1. Paula Churchill says:

      Great tiding. The little bit of rain yesterday kept the trail dust free!

  15. Shane DeMars says:

    Confirmed. Skyliners to the upper overlook is completely clear and snow free. You could probably go farther towards Happy Valley, but I stopped at the upper overlook.

  16. Joe Myers says:

    Tumalo Creek trail from Skyliner to Tumalo Falls is snow free and cleared (this according to hiker report). Not confirmed

  17. Jeff Gully says:

    I’m not familiar with the Tumalo Creek Detour but the Tumalo Creek Trail is in excellent condition. I just rode up to Tumalo Falls from the Skyliner trail head and it was well packed and very fast.

  18. Joel Blatt says:

    Jan 22: Tumalo Creek Detour is deep snow, therefore rode up the road to Tumalo Falls. Unfortunately, more mud than snow. Suggestion: wait for more snow to fat bike it and maybe the you can loop around Tumalo Creek, which is a nice ride.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Hey Joel, What is the detour? The road? Or the ridge to avoid the creek?

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