Eagle Creek (11/24/2014)

  • Location: Columbia River Gorge
  • Start: Eagle Creek Trailhead
  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours 38 minutes (breaks not included)
  • Elevation gain: 1640 feet
  • Type: Out-and-back
  • Map: Green Trails Map 428S: Columbia River Gorge-West
  • References:Β 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: PortlandΒ by Paul Gerald; Oregon Hikers

Although much of this hike was covered in my Columbia River Gorge Backpacking post, I thought it was still worth mentioning as a day hike. Eagle Creek offers a variety of trip options. You could do a short 4-mile round trip hike to Punchbowl Falls (which also includes a short side trip to Metlako Falls) or, with a little extra effort, hike 6-miles one way to Tunnel Falls! Due to its ease and accessibility, it gets incredibly crowded on weekends when the weather is nice. We happened to do this on a cloudy, misty day, so there were hardly any people out on the trail. We had the pleasure of a quiet and peaceful hike, enjoying the old-growth forest, moss-coated rock walls, numerous waterfalls (although we regrettably didn’t do the short side trip to Metlako), and the ever present Eagle Creek.

Lower Punchbowl Falls

Slightly obscured view of Punchbowl Falls
Loowit Falls

Tunnel Falls

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