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Tumalo Ridge Trail

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Length
4.7 miles
Elevation
1361'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers October 30, 2017 at 5:00 pmTrees have been cleared. I cut the double track trees all the way to the edge of the road. But only removed a small chunk for bikes. If the car needs to go down the road they can move the other parts of the trees
  • Joe Myers October 29, 2017 at 5:48 pmWill be clearing tomorrow along with southfork if all goes well
  • Nat Chotechuang October 29, 2017 at 1:26 pmCorrection: seven trees across the twin-track.
  • Nat Chotechuang October 29, 2017 at 1:25 pmTen trees down across the trail: three on the singletrack above the switchbacks and six on the twin-track. Excellent dirt.
  • Eric Kutter October 28, 2017 at 3:49 pmOne big (20") tree down almost at the TH where the trail parallels the road to Tumalo Lake.
  • Bruce Bradshaw July 10, 2017 at 3:23 pmStill wacking Snowbrush, but some has been defoliated. I assume by caterpillars.
  • Bruce Bradshaw June 6, 2017 at 7:55 pmNo snow or mud all the way to Swede Shelter. The Snowbush has reached across on the downhill to the fire road.
 

Trail Description

Tumalo Ridge Trail runs from Skyliner trailhead to Swede Ridge shelter. It starts at Skyliner Sno Park, and heads up Tumalo Ridge via a series of switchbacks to a nice overlook on the East end of the ridge. This is a beautiful trail, with great views and a steep side-slope. Once at the top of the ridge at the East end, things get a fairly technical starting with a very rocky 180 degree turn around edge of the ridge.

Next you’ll hit a series of back to back, steep, rocky climbs that test your endurance and low speed bike handling skills. Eventually the trail levels off and opens up to a few nice views of the Cascade Range.

The trail soon spits you out on a fire road climb which takes you up to Swede Shelter. The Shelter is hard to see, so be mindful of some trails off to the left of the road at the intersection of the Sector 16, Swede Ridge and SST trails.

A favorite local’s loop is up Tumalo Ridge, over on Swede Ridge, down Southfork and back on Tumalo Creek Trail.

60 Seconds on the Tumalo Ridge Trail

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Tumalo Ridge

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  1. Joe Myers says:

    Trees have been cleared. I cut the double track trees all the way to the edge of the road. But only removed a small chunk for bikes. If the car needs to go down the road they can move the other parts of the trees

  2. Nat Chotechuang says:

    Ten trees down across the trail: three on the singletrack above the switchbacks and six on the twin-track. Excellent dirt.

    1. Nat Chotechuang says:

      Correction: seven trees across the twin-track.

      1. Joe Myers says:

        Will be clearing tomorrow along with southfork if all goes well

  3. Eric Kutter says:

    One big (20″) tree down almost at the TH where the trail parallels the road to Tumalo Lake.

  4. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Still wacking Snowbrush, but some has been defoliated. I assume by caterpillars.

  5. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    No snow or mud all the way to Swede Shelter. The Snowbush has reached across on the downhill to the fire road.

  6. Rob Landauer says:

    Entire trail is clear to ride. A couple snow piles but nothing you can’t ride through

  7. Grace Ogawa says:

    Single track sections 100% good to go! Large patches of snow still on the fire road would make ascending annoying, but are okay on the descent. Lots of LARGE puddles on the fire road as well.

  8. Danny Walden says:

    Continuous, deep, sticky snow around 5300′. Hopefully this next warm snap melts it off a little bit.

  9. Heidi Faller says:

    Perfect dirt, no snow.

  10. Jeff Gully says:

    Is this trail open right now? I went to ride it today and there’s a sign from the USFS detouring you away from it, it didn’t say closed just said detour pointing you to the tumalo creek trail.

    1. It’s open. The sign was originally part of a detour around the missing bridge on the Tumalo Creek trail. Seems that everyone is just walking across the creek and ignoring the detour anyway.

      1. Jeff Gully says:

        Thanks, it had me a bit confused.

  11. CJ Myrick says:

    FWIW, there’s an aggressive sage grouse that apparently has nested too close to the trail. She made her presence known to me yesterday about 20 yds before the first lower switchback and kept up her chase until I got to the second switchback. Be careful!

    1. Marc Fortier says:

      Haha I was going to post about that grouse but forgot. Came right up to me while I stopped and thought she would peck at my legs but didn’t. But then as I started up again, the chase was on ! The coloring made me think it was a Spruce Grouse, but they’re not known to live in these parts

    2. Josh L says:

      Yes! She made me ride uphill faster on Tuesday :)

      1. CJ Myrick says:

        Whew…glad it’s not just me!

    3. Mike Schmeiske says:

      Woah boy, I had an encounter with him down closer to the fork with the Tumalo Creek trail. Not overly aggressive, but bold! Got right up next to me. If you see it again, the male blue (sooty subspecies in this area) grouse has the yellow patch above the eye and the female lacks this and is specked brown instead of mostly gray. The male is likely defending a nest site as this time of year. Just if you were curious! :)

    4. Bruce Bradshaw says:

      No grouse, today.

  12. Joe Myers says:

    Riding well and somewhat getting dusty on south facing slope. Bushes in sections Need some major trimming.

  13. Joel Blatt says:

    Thanks to Bill; trail is riding well and no deadfall.

  14. Bill Hartrich says:

    I cleared 10 more trees. It’s all rideable to the shelter now but is still in need of some work.

  15. Bill Hartrich says:

    I cleared about 10 trees. There are still several left. It is in need of some housekeeping as sections have become overgrown and there’s a lot of trail debris.

  16. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Still the same. Singletrack is clear of snow and downfall. The doubletrack has at least a dozen downed trees and just a couple of avoidable snow patches.

  17. Joel Blatt says:

    Trail is good, but you do have to navigate minor deadfall. There is a little snow, but not much. I did not continue past shelter.

    1. CJ Myrick says:

      Where were the deadfall located? On the singletrack or the doubletrack?

      1. Joel Blatt says:

        Doubletrack.

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