Skyliners Road westbound out of Bend
, past Forest Road 220 (to Philís Trail) on the left.At the end of the paved road, near milepost 10, youíll see
the paved pullout and a sign for the Skyliners Trail Head on the
left, which is the starting point of the trail.Youíll need a
permit to park here.
However, the fee area is only the pullout, so you can park down the
road a little ways without a permit.
When you pull into the parking lot, youíll see a trail going up the
hill straight ahead, and another, less visible trail off to the
right.Take the gravel
trail to the right past the trailhead sign.The singletrack trail was dusty and sandy, but very rideable,
as it snaked its way through the woods, climbing slightly.The first half-mile of the trail was the best, with sharp
curves, one after another, on the narrow, root-laden path.
The trail dumps you out of the woods to an intersection after
crossing through a gate.
Take off downhill to the right.The trail now is rocky, as it descends out to an overlook of
.The path narrows, as
you zip through manzanita and go through numerous short ups and
downs before coming to a small bridge over a creek.The trail follows the creek for a short ways, coming out into
a gravel road with a vehicle bridge over the creek.You can see some rapids in the creek below, with a sign to
.Take the gravel road
to the left, and follow it around to the Tumalo
viewpoint.The falls is
very picturesque, and you can drive to it if you want to.
From here, you can take a short jaunt up to the top of the falls,
or branch out to numerous other trails.There is a map posted to show you where the trails are.I had dinner plans, so I decided to turn back at this point.Just follow the path back to the trailhead.Donít let the 200-foot elevation gain number fool you.Although there may only be that much gain from end to end,
there are some pretty good (although fairly short) climbs, but no
real hike-a-bike areas, except perhaps where you approach the
intersection to go back into the woods.This trail is heavily used by hikers as well, so ride