Tumalo Ridge Trail starts near the Skyliner
trailhead and heads to the Swede Ridge
shelter. From the Sno Park, the trail climbs up Tumalo Ridge via a series of switchbacks to an overlook on the east end of the ridge. This is a beautiful trail, with great views and a steep side-slope. Once at the top of the ridge at the east end, things get fairly technical starting with a very rocky 180-degree turn around the edge of the ridge.
Next, you’ll hit a series of back-to-back, steep rocky climbs that test your endurance and low speed bike-handling skills. Eventually, the trail levels off and opens up to a few nice views of the Cascade Range. The trail soon spits riders out onto a fairly long fire road climb which takes you up to the Swede Shelter. The shelter is to your left and below the intersection of the Sector 16
, Swede Ridge
and SST trails.
A favorite local’s loop is up Tumalo Ridge, over on Swede Ridge
, down South Fork
, onto the Tumalo Creek Trail
and back to the Skyliner