Tumalo Mountain is a moderate level 4 mile round trip trail with spectacular views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor accessible during all seasons. Because it is short and with its close proximity to Bend, this hike extremely popular not only in the summer season, but also in the winter season when folks head up on a clear day with their snowshoes, skis or snowshoes.
(The trail sign does say 1.5 miles to the top, however when we hiked it with the GPS it was exactly 2 miles to the summit, which makes it 4 miles round trip. If you’re snowshoeing your trek will likely be shorter since you are not following the actual hiking trail and are just heading up the mountain).
You will find the trailhead sign at the far end of the Dutchman Flat sno-park parking lot. In the summer time you will need to display your Annual Northwest Forest Pass and in the winter you need to have a Sno-Park Pass.
From here the trail starts off with a steady incline and there are a total of 5 switchbacks within the first half mile. The trail meanders through hemlock and pine forest, and it can get quite dusty in the dry summer and early fall months. After the switchbacks, in late June and early July you will climb through meadows of lupine, and these openings in the trees reveal glimpses of Mount Bachelor.
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