South Fork Trail Reroute Implemented for Bridge Replacement, per USFS press release.
Beginning Monday, October 19, Deschutes National Forest trails specialists plan to close the South Fork Tumalo Trail #25.1 where the trail crosses the South Fork of Tumalo Creek in order to replace the trail’s bridge. The closure will be implemented until the project is complete later this fall. Trail users can detour to Forest Service Road 4603 to avoid the closure (see map below).
The South Fork Tumalo Trail serves as a hiking and biking trail in the summer and as a Nordic trail in the winter. It provides important trail connectivity and access for several popular destinations. The bridge replacement is conducted in partnership with the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) and Central Oregon Nordic Club (CONC). Both groups are providing funding and volunteer labor.
*COTA's note: Users can continue to use the portions of Tumalo Creek Trail up to the bridge from either side while replacement construction is underway, however the bridge itself will be closed and there is no other way to cross Tumalo's South Fork tributary in that area.
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