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North Fork to Bridge Creek Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Awesome elevation gain brings beautiful scenery and waterfalls!


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7.2

Miles

11.5

KM

Out and Back

6,081' 1,854 m

High

4,968' 1,514 m

Low

1,128' 344 m

Up

1,127' 343 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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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Casey Tucker

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  4.3 from 12 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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Aug 6, 2020
Michael Capelle
Beautiful hike. N.Branch Trl very busy. Go early & midweek! One creek ford, but plenty of logs down to cross. 8.3mi — 3h 07m
May 10, 2020
Ryan Stillwater
Nov 1, 2019
Larissa Schreiber
Nov 10, 2018
James Orbistondo
Walked the loop from Tumalo Falls. On Swampy trail descent, there is a fallen log marked with a Trail —> sign that crosses a river. Wet socks/boots 7.2mi
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