Tumalo Falls

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Tumalo Falls
Tumalo Falls (Deschutes County, Oregon scenic images) (desDB3243).jpg
Location Cascade Range west of Bend in the U.S. state of Oregon
Coordinates 44°02′02″N 121°34′01″W / 44.03389°N 121.56694°W / 44.03389; -121.56694Coordinates: 44°02′02″N 121°34′01″W / 44.03389°N 121.56694°W / 44.03389; -121.56694[1]
Type Plunge
Elevation 5,052 feet (1,540 m)
Total height 97 feet (30 m)
Watercourse Tumalo Creek

Tumalo Falls is a 97-foot (30 m) waterfall on Tumalo Creek, in the Cascade Range west of Bend in the U.S. state of Oregon.[2] Additional waterfalls are upstream along Tumalo Creek and a tributary, Bridge Creek and its Bridge Creek Falls.[2][3] All of these falls are within the Deschutes National Forest.[2]

The United States Forest Service manages the Tumalo Falls Day Use Area about 14 miles (23 km) from Bend by forest roads. In addition to waterfall views, the day-use area has picnic sites and a toilet and offers access to trails for hiking and mountain biking.[3] Using the site requires a Northwest Forest Pass or payment of a fee.[4]

Tumalo Falls Trail leads from the picnic area to a viewing platform above Tumalo Falls, about 0.25 miles (0.40 km) upstream. The trail continues beyond the falls. About 1.25 miles (2.01 km) further upstream, it reaches a second waterfall, Middle Tumalo Falls, a two-tiered cascade totaling 65 feet (20 m) in height.[4]

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  1. ^ "Tumalo Falls". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Plumb, Gregory Alan (2004) [1983]. Thurman, Paula, ed. Waterfall Lovers Guide: Pacific Northwest (4th ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 272–73. ISBN 0-89886-911-0. 
  3. ^ a b "Tumalo Falls Day Use Area". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Anderson, David L. (2007). Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press. pp. 183–85. ISBN 978-0-88150-713-3.