The second hike while camping at Tumalo State Park combined Tumalo Falls and the Happy Valley trail. One might think that Tumalo Falls would be at Tumalo State Park, but it is about a 17 mile drive from the state park. So once again we headed out early, especially since the parking lot at the falls/trailhead is small.
When we arrived we took one of the last two spots still available in the parking lot (holds about 12 cars) and then hiked across the lot to the first viewpoint of Tumalo Falls. Wow!!.
|Tumalo Falls from lower viewpoint. Upper viewpoint is just to left at top of falls -- see the wall?|
|Vertical view of all 90 feet of waterfall|
|View from the upper viewing area|
|Looking over the top of Tumalo Falls|
|Onward we go past Tumalo Falls|
Eventually we crossed the creek on a one-sided plank bridge (a first for us and Katie) and began hitting patches of snow. Yes, the frozen white stuff. It wasn't too long after the bridge that we finally had to stop hiking and turn around since the trail was completely covered, but we got about 3 miles along on the trail.
|Across the one-sided plank bridge we go|
|Snow across the trail close to where we turned around.|
Glenn & Carol