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North Fork - Farewell Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great summertime lollipop... perfect for after work happy hour rides.


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15.5

Miles

25.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,257' 1,907 m

High

4,739' 1,445 m

Low

1,644' 501 m

Up

1,641' 500 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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The North Fork trail is open to bike travel in the uphill direction only. This loop should only be ridden in a clockwise direction.

Overview

When summer comes to Central Oregon and the trails at the lower elevations have become dusty and loose, this ride is a perfect antidote. It's a gorgeous climb through the woods along the North Fork, followed by a somewhat challenging descent down Farewell.

Description

Starting at Skyliner trailhead, ride the Tumalo Creek trail up to Tumalo Falls for a nice warm-up. Watch for oncoming bike traffic and hikers. From the parking lot at the falls, the North Fork trail climbs steeply at first, but soon becomes more moderate as it follows the gorgeous North Fork of Tumalo Creek. This section travels through some nice old growth forest and past numerous waterfalls.

About half way up, you'll cross the bridge over the creek and then continue climbing up to Happy Valley. Early in the summer, mosquitos can be an annoyance here. Take a right and head north onto the Metolius-Windigo trail and immediately cross another bridge over the creek. Climb to the intersection of the Metolius-Windigo trail and Road 370. Find the start of the Mrazek trail on the right and follow the tight and curvy trail until reaching the intersection with the top of the Farewell trail.

Turn right to head down the Farewell trail, the upper section twisting through the forest. The trail then crosses a rocky, open area, full of Indian Paintbrush and Lupine in early summer, with fantastic views. The bottom third of the Farewell descent has some challenging and loose sidehill and switchbacks, which takes some focus and control.

At the bottom, take a right on the road, cross the bridge, and find the Tumalo Creek trail on the left. Take this back to the trailhead, taking care on the high-speed romp not to run into any oncoming bikes or hikers.

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David Caplan

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More falls along Tumalo Creek
Nov 6, 2012 near Bend, OR
Tumalo Falls
Nov 6, 2012 near Deschut…, OR
Bridge crossing
Sep 8, 2013 near Bend, OR
So much trail on Mrazek
Nov 6, 2012 near Bend, OR
Views from Tumalo Creek
Nov 6, 2012 near Deschut…, OR
Typical gorgeous scenery.
Nov 6, 2012 near Deschut…, OR

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Aug 24, 2019
Guy Rounds
15.9mi
Jun 24, 2019
Andrea Helmig
mosquitos were rough when stopped, trial in great condition 15.5mi — 3h 00m
Oct 25, 2018
Jonathan Coupal
Sep 14, 2018
Valerie Brodbeck
Sep 4, 2018
Angel Alvarez
Aug 30, 2018
Rob Guzzon
Aug 9, 2018
Shae Kosmo
Way fun! 5mi
Jun 15, 2018
Tara Clark