We ended up driving a bit further than planned, settling at the Crooked Creek Campground within the Cove Palisades State Park – just north of Bend OR just before sunset. The view of Mt Jefferson from site E47 was just as awesome in the morning as the previous sunset.
Checkout time was 1PM giving time to unload the scooter and tackle the Tam-a-lau Trail from the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area. Crooked Creek forms a waterfall just at the entrance to our campground with a nice long cascade 600’ to the Deschutes River below.
The trailhead is at Loop B of the Deschutes Campground across the bridge. But parking for hikers is in the day use area a half mile farther on.
The trail is called ‘an experience of a lifetime’. Sure enough that first mile is a real killer! It starts out easy enough on a paved walkway, then quickly turns to single track with steps up the steeper inclines.
The arrow points to where the scooter is parked. It’s just a speck and that’s only half way up.
Crooked Creek is W/E only but has a dump station with a view!