Great hike from the trailhead to Tunnel Falls. The view is the same, except for the various falls that are passed. Quick short trails down to Punch Bowl Falls, but lots of people. Some narrow segments on cliff edges, but not dangerous unless shaky or wild. Tunnel Falls is the highlight—much more so than Punch Bowl in my opinion.
Oregon O. on Eagle Creek Trail
This is definitely a hike to put on your bucket list. One of the best hikes I have been on in the state. Has picturesque views of numerous falls and the river the entire hike to Tunnel Falls, App 14 miles round trip. Has some areas that require careful footing on cliff edges but does have cable support to hold onto while walking the edge. To avoid the crowds go on a week day and start early.
Hiked 13 miles from Lost Lake to Indian Springs on the PCT, spent the night at the campgrounds then 12.5 miles down Eagle Creek Trail to Cascade Locks. A great hike. the map here shows the trail going to Wantum Lake. if you want to make it a thru hike (instead of out and back) leave your car at the EC trailhead in Cascade Locks and get a ride to Wantum. Not much water in the upper elevations so plan to carry what you need. See pics on my Instagram @jamieonthetrail
Arrived fairly early due to reports of heavy traffic. parked at 8 and were only 4 other cars. Started up at 8 at a fairly quickly pace. We were astounded by the beauty in the first mile, hearing that it's a regular freeway later in the day, I wasn't expecting pristine trails. we ventured down all the designated paths to the viewpoints and they were worth the extra walk. The Falls (all 6 of them) were spectacular. the basalt cliffs, the changing flora, and the approachable incline contribute to making this one of my favorite hikes ever! We loved tunnel Falls but continued on about 1/4 of a mile to a beautiful area atop another Falls that made a perfect lunch spot on a rock in the middle of the creek. Our round trip was 14.5 miles in 5 hours. 1700 feet elevation gain but not. steep.I recommend this to anyone of moderate fitness. No panoramic views but the Falls and forests will delight. Get there early. locals hike in to the punch bowl to swim in their suits and flip flops by the hundreds after noon.
This place is beautiful!! The bridge just after punch bowl falls is out but can easily be crossed just under it. I took my 10 year old daughter all the way to tunnel falls with no problems, just wear good shoes. Tunnel falls is amazing and worth the trip!!
Great...on a rainy, cold weekday. Hardly anyone was on the trail. Reminded me of Summer's past when hardly anyone ventured into the gorge. Don't do this on the weekends if you don't like crowds. Great hike though you do feel like your going in circles upwards. The view really only changes when a waterfall appears. Push on to tunnel falls. It's worth the 13 miles RT.