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North Fork to Bridge Creek Loop

Intermediate

Trail

7.2 mile 11.5 kilometer out and back
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,128' 344 m
Descent: -1,127' -343 m
High: 6,081' 1,854 m
Low: 4,968' 1,514 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Casey Tucker

Awesome elevation gain brings beautiful scenery and waterfalls!

Casey Tucker

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

As part of being in the City of Bend watershed, your dog will have to stay home if you intend to run this route.

Overview

Great elevation gain, well-shaded trail, and over a dozen waterfalls to look at make this trail a great option for those wishing to get out and explore what Deschutes National Forest has to offer.

Runner Notes

Make sure to stop and look at the waterfalls along this route. For this reason, this trail isn't a great one to run if you're looking to make certain mile times, do speed work, or try and keep your heart rate up—the beautiful falls in such high density along the way are worth slowing down and enjoying.

Description

From the trailhead, head up to the Tumalo Falls Overlook. From here, continue along the North Fork Trail, stopping to look at the various (and beautiful) waterfalls along the way. At 3.5 miles in, you'll want to take a left at the junction onto Swampy Lakes Trail. Run downhill from here, listening for the sound of more waterfalls as you make your way to a left at the Bridge Creek Trail back to the parking area.

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  4.2 from 9 votes

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A snow-decorated Tumalo Falls is your wintertime reward along the North Fork Trail.
Mar 6, 2017 near Deschut…, OR
Tumalo Falls
Dec 29, 2018 near Deschut…, OR
Fun days of waterfalls :)
Oct 11, 2016 near Deschut…, OR
The end goal!
Aug 23, 2017 near Deschut…, OR
More falls along Tumalo Creek.
Mar 19, 2019 near Bend, OR
The best hiking partners have four legs.
Aug 23, 2017 near Deschut…, OR

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