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Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 25.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 25.3 mi Elevation gain 6,256 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Bugs Rocky Scramble Closed
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Please note: as of October 2020 the Eagle Creek and surrounding area remains close due to landslide damage. For updates, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation#conditions. An amazing gorge hike with several beautiful waterfalls, including one you can walk behind. This trail begins at Eagle Creek Campground and ends at Wahtum Lake. This is a nice out and back hike with great scenery of waterfalls, ferns, and rocky outcroppings. It's quite popular with easy vehicle access at the trailhead, so plan to see a lot of other hikers and is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. This hike is not far from Portland and is best in the spring or early summer to really appreciate the beautiful waterfalls.

There is parking available all the way from the trailhead back to Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery. Parking fills up quickly during hot days as many people visit to go swimming in the lower-punchbowl falls area. For overnight backpacking up Eagle Creek Trail, it is highly recommended you park in the large parking lot near Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery, and hike the extra 1/4 mile to the trailhead, as break-ins are frequent.

Bring your raincoat. Watch your step as you're hiking, the rocks on the trail are slippery and losing your footing or stumbling is not a good idea on a narrow trail with a long drop to the creek bed.

On Oregon I-84 Eastbound, take exit 41 toward Fish Hatchery/Eagle Creek/Rec. Area. Immediately off the exit at the stop sign, take a right and continue down Eagle Creek Lane past the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery, keeping right down Eagle Creek Loop which ends at the trailhead.

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Will Linch
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Best trail in the world have hiked it more then I can count!!

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Andre Leubinetski
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HikingGreat!

There is absolutely no reason for this trail to still be closed. It's not destroyed. Not even close. I did it only a few months after the fire. The bridges lost all their wood, but were still perfectly passable. Rock slides here and there, and lots of fallen trees, but again, nothing worse than some of the more adventurous trails that were never closed. Did it again less than 6 months ago. It's all fixed up to Tunnel Falls at least. Contact the NFS, BLM, demand that it be reopened. Public land is your land. They can't just forbid access to it unilaterally. They have no justifications left. None whatsoever.

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Shannon Whitley
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Awesome! Super wet trail, did it in March 2016. Bummer it’s closed now. Pretty flat mostly. Varied terrain from muddy to rocky until you get to Tunnel Falls. Lots of cool spots to rest and hang around on the way! Would only recommend taking experienced kids behind the waterfall. It’s pretty slippery and narrow. Bring your rain shells and waterproof boots/shoes! Definitely worth it. Also recommend getting Slo Burger in Portland after the hike :)

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Gina Haberly
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This was my first hike when I moved to Oregon in 2016. I hiked one week before the fire. I will always cherish this trail as my favorite.

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Jonathan Pape
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HikingGreat!

One of the most amazing hikes ever. Lets hope they reopen it someday. Tunnel Falls alone was worth the hike.

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George Simons
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Sara Jean
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Hiked in 2016 before the fires. My favorite hike to date. Memories I'll cherish for a lifetime.

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Jordan Petersen
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Hike to Tunnel Falls with my boyfriend in 2015 will always be a special memory to me. Beautiful hike.

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Cassidy Brooke
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Brian Anderson
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The hike to tunnel falls was one of my favorites when I lived in Portland. Granted, it was always extremely crowded, but stunningly beautiful. It’s a shame that it was destroyed by careless people playing with fire.

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Florencia Pigni
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Hiked this trail on July 2017. Unfortunately we could not get to the tunnel falls trail due to the fires. Anyways it didnt matter since the trail is so beautiful and there is so much to see. We stopped and had lunch on a little cave by the punch bowel falls and it was magic. The path does get narrow, sometimes wet. Be mindful that you will walk alongside of a cliff but it is doable. A tree branch will definitely help.

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Jessica Suarez
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I hiked this trail in August of 2016 and it takes the cake for all the other trails I’ve hiked. It’s 18 miles round trip and will 100 percent test your endurance. But if you can tough it out, it will be well worth the views. Sadly I believe part of if not the whole trail is closed due to a fire started by some kids in September. The trail was a breath taker. Literally and figuratively.

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Joelle Haxby
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There is not enough words to describe how amazing this hike is!! The scenery, waterfalls, creeks and views are absolutely breathtaking! We hiked about 8 miles the first day and found an beautiful little place to camp, settled in and then hiked a few more miles up and back before settling in for the night. Camp spot was awesome!! Right next the running creek! Headed out the next morning..lots of weekend traffic unfortunately....Stopped at Punch Bowl to relax and take it all in!! Hiked about 18 miles round trip!!! Loved every bit of it!!

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Kamran A
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Gorgeous views of the falls with a moderate and manageable hike . Will be back for sure when reopens .

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Cami Micu
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Great hike and breathtaking view of the Punchbow waterfall!!!!!

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Carrie Larsen
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This trail is currently on fire. No access!

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Cait McSweet
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So so beautiful.

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Jeremy Burgess
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Beautiful hike! Can't wait till they open it to Tunnel Falls again!

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Chriss Jenkins
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it was amazing, beautiful nature I was exhausted after the hike. be sure to wear good walking shoes

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Laurie Flores
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Most beautiful hike ~ amazing waterfalls

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Laryssa Alencar
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Pretty busy hike. Punchbowl falls area is a great place to escape the heat, shady spots and the water feels nice and cool. Not much water access on the trail but our pup did fine. Metlako is closed due to a washout and it's 100% inaccessible. Eagle creek trail is closed after 5 miles due to a fire. So we went to the Punchbowl and back, great hike.

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Jillian Sheek
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Will always give it a five star review because this is where my boyfriend took me on our first date. Absolutely beautiful with lovely memories for me here.

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Irina Tashlay
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very happy I went.It is very beautiful.

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Oakbrook Tales
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Nice hike to begin the year of my hiking adventures. Recommend getting to the trailhead early, it is a very popular trail. Lower Punch Bowl Falls spurs off the trail, but it's worth taking a look. Wasn't able to go any further than just past Wy' East campground due to the fires being contained near Indian Creek, so was unable to get to the tunnel falls portion of the trail.

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Marissa Friedman
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Hiked on 7/16/17. Pretty flat hike with incredible scenery. Good for trail running (minus a few rocky sections.) May be tough if you're afraid of heights or get vertigo. Many dizzying bridges to cross and the whole trail is on the edge of the hill so you have a steep fall on one side! I've struggled on similar trails with cables before but found that my fear wasn't so bad with the trees partially obscuring the view to the bottom. Go early and avoid the weekend. The first part of the trail to Punch Bowl gets crowded with slower families and groups. Note: the trail was still closed on 7/16 before Tunnel Falls so that will significantly shorted your backpacking trip. Many, many beautiful views and an unbeatable trail with many campsites before Tunnel Falls. However, Tunnel Fall is spectacular and worth the wait!

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Annie Walcker
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Stunning hike! I rated 4 and not a 5 for two reasons: 1- Punchbowl was absolutely swarming with people. Great, but if you're looking for the peace of nature it's not quite there. And 2- I am terrified of heights and this trail has some CRAZY cliff side spots. Just be ready to test your limits if heights is one of them! I am truly surprised there are so few who comment on this aspect. Overall it has got to be one of the best Oregon has to offer!

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Mariel P.
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went up to punchbowl falls, lovely scenery!

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Brent Livek
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If you are heading to Tunnel Falls, make sure you continue it to Twister falls and the vertigo mile about 1/3 mile past Tunnel Falls! Spectacular.

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Brian Wycoff
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Took the kids out for a day hike and heard this was one of the great hikes in Northern Oregon. We hiked most the trail, as it was closed off just before Tunnel Falls, due to a wildfire. It's a good intermediate hike

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Roxy Mueller
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This was a fairly easy day hike with beautiful scenery. Lots of people at first but thinned out towards the afternoon. Unfortunately couldn't get as far as Tunnel Falls because they had it closed due to forest fires beyond that point. Trail is rocky most of the time.

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