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Shevlin Park Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Rock perch looking down on Tumalo Creek, Shevlin Park (bobcat)
Ponderosa pines on the loop trail, Shevlin Park (bobcat)
Tumalo Creek from the upper footbridge, Shevlin Park (bobcat)
Aspen grove in Shevlin Park (bobcat)
The loop above Tumalo Creek in Shevlin Park (not a GPS Track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Caltopo

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Description

The main acreage of Bend’s biggest public space, Shevlin Park, was donated by the Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company in 1921 in honor of its deceased President, Thomas Leonard Shevlin, who had died in 1915 at the tender young age of 32. Shevlin was the son of Thomas Henry Shevlin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a millionaire lumber baron whose estate the younger Shevlin and his two sisters inherited. Young Thomas was known for his flashy dress and fancy cars, but also as a star athlete. His untimely death from pneumonia was the result of a cold contracted while coaching the Yale University football team. In 2017, 329 additional acres donated by Tree Farm, LLC, expanded the park’s boundaries to the southeast, increasing the park’s size by 50 percent. Shevlin Park lies along Tumalo Creek, and its trail system connects to other paths above and below the park (See the Tumalo Creek Canyon Loop Hike). The loop hike described here takes you mostly along the chaparral slopes of the Tumalo Canyon, but also descends to the lush riparian habitat of Tumalo Creek.

Another option, rather than sticking mainly to the upper slopes, is to walk one leg of the loop along the flat Tumalo Creek Trail at the bottom of the valley.

A trail leads up the slope behind a kiosk just south of the parking area. You’re hiking through a ponderosa pine parkland with typical chaparral shrubs such as manzanita, rabbitbrush, and sagebrush. Prescribed burns account for the scorching of the bases of trees. Undulate along with sightings of the main park road (now closed to cars) below. There are boulder outcroppings above, and chipmunks and ground squirrels scurry through the pine needles. Drop into a gully, and keep straight at a four-way junction to hike along a bluff above the lush riparian corridor along Tumalo Creek. A detour leads left for a view of the Hixon Bridge, a faux-covered bridge spanning the creek (The bridge gained its covered status as a prop for the movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; it is also slated for demolition or replacement in 2019.).

Go right to head up the slope and reconnect with the main loop trail. Enter a ponderosa/juniper parkland, and hike along a barbed wire fence below a rocky rim. Descend incrementally and note, as you approach the valley bottom, conifers such as Douglas-fir, white fir, Engelmann spruce, and western larch entering the mix. At a junction, stay right for the Shevlin Interpretive Trail. Ascend a slope, and then drop to cross a wide track (Go right here to join the Mrazek Trail and connect with the Tumalo Creek Canyon Loop Hike.). Enter the very different environment of Tumalo Creek. Loop back through a thicket of snowberry, thimbleberry, red osier dogwood, and horsetail under Douglas-fir and Engelmann spruce. Douglas squirrels chirp territorially as you cross a small footbridge. At a massive boulder, make a right to rejoin the Shevlin Loop Trail, pass a picnic table, and cross the Tumalo Creek Upper Footbridge.

Wind through thickets, and then up along a dry hillside of snowbrush, manzanita, and bitterbrush. At a junction with a park map, go left and descend into a ravine. Switchback, and pass below a rim of garage-sized boulders. Hike up the bluff, and keep left to get views down to Tumalo Creek from rocky perches. Reach a service road and make a left.

Soon peel off to the left to resume the footpath. At a four-way junction, head down the slope to the left. Switchback twice to reach the ‘Larch Grove.’ Cross a footbridge, and come to the paved park road. Then keep right on the Tumalo Creek Trail through thickets of wild rose, snowberry, and spiraea under aspen, ponderosa pine, and western larch. Keep right on the trail as it stays close to Tumalo Creek. At a covered picnic area, go left at a four-way junction with the Shevlin Loop Trail. Enter an aspen grove, and reach the main park road below the park ranger’s residence. Make a left to find your vehicle.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Restrooms, picnic area, information kiosk
  • Dogs on leash
  • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Park road gated at the Aspen Meadow Trailhead from August to March
  • Share trails with runners

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  • 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades by William L. Sullivan
  • Bend, Overall by Scott Cook
  • Day Hiking: Bend and Central Oregon by Brittany Manwill
  • Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend & Central Oregon by Lizann Dunegan
  • Best Hikes Near Bend by Lizann Dunegan
  • Oregon Hiking by Sean Patrick Hill
  • Oregon’s Southern Cascades: Camping & Hiking by Tom Stienstra & Sean Patrick Hill
  • Central Oregon: Walks, Hikes & Strolls for Mature Folks by Marsha Johnson
  • Hiking Central Oregon & Beyond by Virginia Meissner
  • Day Hikes in Central Oregon by Jan Siegrist
  • Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon by Lucas Alberg
  • Trail Running: Oregon by Lizann Dunegan
  • Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon by Lizann Dunegan
  • Kissing the Trail by John Zilly
  • Canine Oregon by Lizann Dunegan
  • The Dog Lover’s Companion to Oregon by Val Mallinson

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