Tumalo Ridge Trail

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Trail Snapshot

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

Trail Reports

  • Heidi Faller November 5, 2016 at 2:15 pmPerfect dirt, no snow.
  • Jeff Gully October 5, 2016 at 12:00 pmThanks, it had me a bit confused.
  • Robert Rekward October 5, 2016 at 8:48 amIt'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.
  • Jeff Gully October 4, 2016 at 7:17 pmIs 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.
  • Bruce Bradshaw June 7, 2016 at 12:22 pmNo grouse, today.
  • Mike Schmeiske June 3, 2016 at 1:48 pmWoah 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! :)
  • CJ Myrick June 2, 2016 at 2:48 pmWhew...glad it's not just me!
 

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

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Trail Reports » Tumalo Ridge

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  1. Heidi Faller says:

    Perfect dirt, no snow.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Joe Myers says:

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

  5. Joel Blatt says:

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

  6. Bill Hartrich says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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