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North Fork to Bridge Creek Loop

 4.0 (5)

Length


7.2 Miles 11.5 Kilometers


1,128' 344 m

Ascent

-1,127' -343 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

6,081' 1,854 m

High

4,968' 1,514 m

Low

Shared By Casey Tucker

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All Clear 38 days ago
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Awesome elevation gain brings beautiful scenery and waterfalls!

Casey Tucker

Dogs No Dogs

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 hike 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.

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. Hike 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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Aug 19, 2018
Jonathan P
8mi — 4h 00m
Jun 20, 2018
Brock Strom
Easy hike with multiple stops at waterfalls. The bridge about half way through was washed out, so we had to find a few logs upstream to walk across.
Dec 30, 2017
Pete Lamb
Jul 22, 2017
Valerie Graham

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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Valerie Graham
Portland, OR
Valerie Graham   Portland, OR
Beautiful hike! It's important to note that if you want to do the North Fork-Swampy Lakes loop, you have to ford the river. We were able to cross using a fallen tree in July 2017. Be sure to wear insect repellent, too. Swampy Lakes has that name for a reason. LOTS of bugs. Jul 22, 2017
Note that dogs are allowed off-leash on the North Fork Trail. So a lot of folks with dogs make this an out-an-back hike. They turn around at the Swampy Lakes Trail junction or they go another 0.4 miles to Happy Valley (great place for a picnic!) and then turn around. Aug 20, 2018

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