Tumalo Mountain Sunrise Hike
Let’s talk about the day we hiked Tumalo Mountain for sunrise, shall we? Our alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning and we reluctantly find ourselves trying to get up in the cold and dark mountain air. A very steep hike of 4 miles and 1,400 feet of elevation gain awaits us and I’m using all the womanly sorcery I can muster to convince Will we should just hit snooze.
But Will is no stranger to my shenanigans and I can tell I’m getting nowhere. But you better believe I will not allow this early sunrise hike to be in vain! I’m tagging you all along for the ride. So, without further ado, let’s talk about our chilly (and stunning!) sunrise ascent of Tumalo Mountain in Bend, Oregon.
Here’s some details about Tumalo Peak:
- Tumalo Mountain is a volcano that lies northeast of Mount Bachelor. The trail starts at Dutchman Flat Sno-Park and follows a steep ascent to the summit. It’s worth noting that the trail is not visible when there is snow on the ground. We figured we couldn’t get lost if we just kept going up.
- As you climb, your back will face Mt. Bachelor, so make sure to turn around and give ‘er a wink every once in a while. About a mile into the hike the forest begins to thin and gives way to views of the flat summit.
- From the top, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of Mt. Bachelor, South Sister and Broken Top. A lot of people choose to ski down the east side of the mountain. This is a must do hike if you’re in Bend!
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Lauren McLeod says
I am planning on doing this hike in a few weeks! I have never hiked in snow before….do I need to have any special equipment? Thanks in Advance