While most of the trails we have posted are all relatively flat and easy to attempt, the Tumalo Mountain Trail is a little different. Located near Sunriver, Oregon about 21 miles from Bend, you will be guaranteed the best views in the area: partially because ALL views in Bend and the surrounding regions are breathtaking, and partially because this hike ascends over 1400 feet at it’s highest point! Hiking this trail will take your breath away, both literally and figuratively, but as with all the hikes in Bend, it’s worth it in the end!
Finding the Trailhead
The trailhead that leads the way to paradise can be found in the Dutchman Flat sno-park parking lot, and although the sign states it is approximately a 3-mile hike to the end and back, there’s some controversy in that statement; it seems to be closer to 4 miles there and back, so we are compromising and saying it is a 3.8-mile hike.
Best for hikers with intermediate skills (mostly due to the elevation changes), the Tumalo Mountain Trail is extremely popular throughout the year, so be prepared to run into a lot of people. Pets are welcome; again, remember to clean up after them and keep them on a leash. Although it is primarily a summer and fall hike, in the winter and early spring it’s a great snowshoeing hike. (Snowshoes can be rented at any of the winter sports rental stores in the area.)
Early in your hike, the trail will be surrounded by colorful wildflowers and mature trees, but as you increase in elevation you will notice that the land around you clears out and the path will be marked by red rocks. Stay on the trail at this point to avoid damaging the delicate eco-system that reigns outside the boundaries of the Tumalo Mountain Trail. Once you reach the summit, not only will you feel a sense of pride as you stare down at the areas you were struggling to climb just minutes ago, you can expect to feel a sense of wonder at the unparalleled views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, and if you squint your eyes just right, you may be able to see the peak of Mt. Thielson way over in the distance. Either way, it’s a beautiful sight and no one will blame you if want to linger a bit before heading back down to where you parked your car!
If You Aren’t Used to the Climb
We can guarantee that you will be feeling it later and will be so thankful that you rented one of our Bend Vacation Rentals cabins with a hot tub to help soothe the aches and pains you will be feeling after your hike on the Mount Tumalo Trail-reserve yours today!