Tumalo Mountain Visual Story - Sean Chess Photography

This short yet stunning hike in Central Oregon is well worth the 2 mile up hill battle.

Note: Always check the weather before hiking up a mountain!


Gearing up for a "simple" 2 mile hike up Tumalo Mountain ended up being more than we bargained for...

As we got to the trailhead, we noticed the clouds above us, but didn't think twice about re-checking the weather for the day.

The higher we hiked up, the more we could see the danger of the storm looming over us. (Pictured above was roughly 1.4 miles up)


The trail up is fairly easy. It's well kept with a steady incline through the forest, then up to the old growth forest as the trees start to thin out.

We were caught just above the tree line when the hail started coming down and lightning was cracking all around us.


At 1.5 miles up, we had two options. Hike down in the storm, or try to find cover and wait it out. (We were only .5 miles from the top, so close.)

Although not the smartest decision, we rolled the dice and went for it. Despite the hail and lightning,

the storm passed us quickly as we made it to the top.


At the top, on a good day, you are rewarded with an incredible 360 view of the surrounding mountains! 

With the clouds breaking up and the storm passing, we were not only rewarded with wide open views, but also one beautiful sunset!


The hike down was much more pleasant.  We had views of Mount Bachelor during sunset, making this hike all the more worth it.


PROS:

Fairly easy 2 mile hike up.

Wide open 360 views at the top.

Perfect spot to catch sunset!

CONS:

Constant uphill hike.

Can be crowded in summer.

Very dry/dusty in summer (weather unpredictable at top).