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I've done this hike numerous times. Currently, the trail is closed. This hike is the most difficult in the Gorge, especially if you go past Warren Lake to the summit of Mt. Defiance. The first 400 vertical feet of the trail are a little exposed. There are some narrow spots and a partial washout of the trail that is dangerous. This section is very slippery in spots due to loose gravel in the summer. You should not do this first section without trekking poles for stability. After you get past the first section the trail enters a wooded area and intersects with a cutoff trail that heads west to the Mt. Defiance trail. Turn left here. The trail continues through the woods on several switchbacks until you come to a viewpoint adjacent to a power line tower at about 1,200'. At this point you have climbed to the base of the ridge that will take you all of the way to Warren Lake at 3,900' or, if you choose, all the way to the summit at 4,900'. Not long after you leave the viewpoint area you are again in a wooded area that begins to ascend the ridge. Very soon you encounter very steep conditions with numerous short switchbacks. The next 1,000' is the steepest part of the trail and it quickly gets your attention. At 2,400' you reach a short flat section with a viewpoint looking down at the Columbia River toward the west. The trail immediately begins a slightly less steep ascent through first a grassy somewhat open area and then through a rocky section that can be icy in the winter months. At 2,700' you reach a large fallen log in a level spot that is perfect for a break, richly deserved! The trail then descends slightly and crosses a lava field and immediately starts another ascent. The trail ascends steeply without any switchbacks until you finally reach a series of switchbacks at 3,000'. Following the last switchback the trail climbs very steeply for about 100' and then crosses a much larger lava field. Past the lava field you continue to climb through an open area of small trees that are only 5-10 years old. The trail switchbacks steeply back into the forest and then heads straight, although it continues to be moderately steep. After about 1/2 mile the trail actually levels out! You soon come to a viewpoint where you have a great view of Mt. Defiance. The trail actually descends at this point for most of the additional half mile to Warren Lake. Before you arrive at the lake you will reach a junction. Be sure to turn right here, NOT LEFT! In a quarter mile you will arrive at Warren Lake. There are a couple campsites at the lake and logs to sit on. If you continue past the campsites you will begin a steep, rocky ascent to the summit of Mt. Defiance, which is ANOTHER nearly 1,000' vertical feet! At the summit the view is spectacular to the West, North and East, including Adams, Ranier and Hood. Give yourself 7-10 hours to the summit and take lots of water and your trekking poles.

This is an extremely difficult trail with very little reward. The dense forest and trees leading to the top were nice and tranquil, but very few vistas for the effort. However, due to the Eagle Creek Fire the area leading up the ridge was affected by the fire, so there may now be views of St Helens and Adams when approaching/ascending to the plateau. I counted 38 switchbacks on the way down, with the longest switchback being around a mile. This ascends 4000+ ft and an extra 700 if you decide to go up green point ridge, where that trail isn't very well maintained and the junctions are not marked by numbers. There is a wicked view of Mt Hood if you bushwack your way off that trail (green point ridge), but there are few views of the mountain. It is also supposed to connect and wrap around to rainy and north lake, but again, very poorly marked and the trail signs have no numbers. After recovery of the eagle creek fire, this could very well become an epic wildflower hike, but that's 20-30 years down the road.

Took this as a two day trip, camped somewhere in the middle. was the longest hike I had ever done. the scenery seemed to change so much and I was in awe the entire time. I hope one day to go agian.

Did a 21 mile overnight to Tanner Butte. Trail was snowed in on Memorial Day once we got about a mile from the the designated campground. We stopped off the trail just before a meadow, and found a good site, about 1.2 miles from the tanner lake campground. To hike to Tanner Butte's summit, it is a steep bushwhack , with some snow in may. Highly recommended going to the top though, because the view is AMAZING! We stopped at Dublin lake on the way back to refill hydration bladders. Lake was beautiful, but no real view of the gorge or Cascades. Lake was buggy, even at about 2:00. Great trail, But very steep. I would definitely do it again

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Was trying to complete the Tanner shuttle to Eagle Creek loop but got stuck on the first day. Beautiful conditions existed just until enter Mt. Hood National Forest. Snowpack was hard and difficult to cross, could not find the trailhead to Dublin Lake due to snow and lack of trailhead signage and had to turn around, camping at the site just after the switchbacks. I can't wait to go back and try this loop again once the snowpack melts- I give it a month or two!

Had to get very friendly with the forest on this trail with all the climbing over and under fallen trees, over rivers and rocks. Very challenging, was not prepared for the steep ascent, so just did the shorter loop around which was rewarding with great views and several waterfalls.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Real nice hike with plenty of water falls . Rock's are slippery when wet be careful.

This was an awesome hike, not for a beginner though. We have hiked several trails and this one was even a challenge but we would do it again.

Trail is marked as a loop, not clearly defined on the trail signs but a good hike.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Not a tough hike, but amazing views with a plethora of waterfalls.


Couldn't find this trail

Saturday, November 28, 2015

If we're talking about getting out to Tanner Butte, this is a most excellent hike. Views from Tanner Butte are fantastic. So much within the gorge itself, Benson Plateau, Chinidere, Defiance, and then Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, Mt Adams, St Helens and Rainier.

There is reliable water as you start up Tanner creek trail. There is another water source about 3 miles in. I have never seen it dry but that's your call. No other water on the trail. The first few miles are a march up a moderate, but unrelenting ascent. As you start to top the mountain plateau it’s a mile through thicker cover, expect blow down. Then a few more miles through ‘Bear Grass Alley’. The stuff can get thick and trip you up.

The cairn marking the side trail isn’t always obvious, maybe mark it on your GPS. It’s up the side trail a very steep 1/4 mile to the top.

From the Eagle Creek trailhead it clocks in a hair over 20 miles. Love this hike.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Having just completed the hike up to Tanner Butte I have a few comments for those considering the hike. According to my Oregon 600 GPS it was a 19 mile hike out and back from Eagles Creek parking lot,. This is the parking lot at the fish hatchery not the one at Eagle Creek trail head. The elevation of Tanner Butte is 4,500 (Green Trail Map 428C confirmed with GPS) the elevation at Eagles Creek is 60 ft, hike elevation gained 4,440 ft. (GPS confirmed). It may be 3,349 ft. for the trail head but you have to get to the trail head which ever option you use to get there.
There are six options to the Tanner Butte trail head (trail #401) my own favorite is Eagle Creek/Stairs to the west along bike track/Cut off just passed stop sign/Up road 777 the distance by GPS is 1.23 miles. The trail head coordinates are N45° 37.573' W121° 56.601' these are different from those provided on the companion map. The coordinates on the map are those of an end point of the Tanner Creel Cutoff (trail #448). The end points of this trail are 4.5 miles up the Tanner Butte trail and 3.0 miles up the Tanner Creek trail (trail # 431). It is well worth noting that if you use the Tooth Rock Trailhead option it has the higher incidence of car prowling than other nearby trailhead. Whichever option you choice it is anything between 1.6 and 1.0 miles with elevation gain of approximately 1,100 ft.
As for the hike from the trail head you steadily climb to 2,700 (elevation gain of 1,770 ft.) in the space of 2.3 miles, at which point you reached the start of the ridge that will run up to Tanner Butte. For the next 2 miles you will gain 1,000 reaching the Tanner Creel Cutoff (trail #448) on the left and the trail leading down to Dublin Lake to the left. You will continue to gradual climb until the trail until it levels of which is followed by a very gradual descent to a saddle before rising again to the cutoff for Tanner Butte. The cutoff has no sign post however it is marked with a cairn of stones in the middle of the trail. From here it is a half mile of very steep ascent to the top and Tanner Butte’s magnificent unrestricted 360 degree view.
I left Eagles Creek at 7.10 am was back at 4.18 pm however though a regular hiker I am 71 years young. I am sure those that are younger will be able to achieve in a shorter time.
Where ever you are enjoy your trails and if you are ever up the Columbia River Gorge or surrounding area maybe we will meet on the trail.

Starts out very steep, lots of slippery spots. USE A HIKING STICK. Great views, great waterfalls, and a great workout.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This trail is about a mile or so if you end at the 20 foot lower Gorton Creek Waterfall and even shorter if you stop at Emerald Falls. It starts off at Wyeth Campground and the trail is easy and paved dirt for most of the hike. The trail slowly disappears near Emerald Falls (series of mini falls with moss covered boulders) and you have to scramble up moss covered boulders and logs to the side of the creek to reach the waterfall. If you have sturdy shoes, the scramble is pretty easy during summer months when the water flow is low. If you want to reach the top of the falls (which is about a mile from the lower fall), there is a steep dirt paved path the left of the lower Gorton Creek fall.

Overall the hike is very beautiful and way less crowded than the other waterfall hikes near Portland, Oregon. If the water if deep enough (which it usually is) you can swim in the small pond that forms at the bottom of the lower falls. The water usually is freezing though-even in the summer. It's dog friendly, but the climb from Emerald falls along the creek would be difficult for short-legged dogs.

Monday, February 23, 2015

If you are going to backpack this loop you need to park at the eagle creek trail head and add a few miles to get to the Tanner Butte trail (about 3.2 round trip).

Great views from the top!

This hike worked out to be about 7 miles the day we did it. The view of the Gorge, Dog Mountain, Wind Mountain and more. It was a good hike with good friends!

This trail will work you. It's a beast to go up and a pain descend. Recommend trekking poles to help save your knees on the way down. However, the hike does offer ok views of Mt. Adams and Dog Mountain. Great for conditioning for other peaks (I've heard this is frequented for those doing Hood, I'm using it for South Sister). Also recommend that, instead of going back down, one should continue to Warren Lake and the top of Mt. Defiance for some more views. In addition, if continues along the Mt. Defiance trail, the decent is much less steep.

Super steep at first, on parts. Okay views minus power lines. Snakes on the trail, nothing dangerous. The hike down might be though. Very steep, dry, pebbles beneath your feet make it easy to slide. Recommend poles unless your very sure-footed or have excellent shoes. It was nice and hot, first week of July. Partly shaded by forest.

We just got back from this HIKE yes caps it deserves it. It starts off steep right from the beginning and just keeps on going. The views are just incredible, at one view point we had to say to heck with it and walk right through the poison oak to get the perfect photo op (watch out for the poison oak its everywhere). The trail was in pretty good shape but the fact that it was so steep made for a few slippery spots. I would not recommend taking small children on this hike at all. At one point we were taking a break at what I call the boulder field near crest enjoying an incredible view of Mt. Adams when a group came walking by and not a one looked over their shoulder to notice the view, they just kept on going. No way would you not stop for second to look at that if you knew it was there. Just remember to look around once in awhile. This thing is grueling all the way up, and down. My knee went out right after heading down so it was a very painful trip down but still worth it. I woulld give it a 5 star but my knee really hurts lol.

Very strenuous hike down Starvation Ridge. Makes a great loop with Mt. Defiance trail. A long steep walk down Starvation Ridge and then when you reach the end, a spectacular view awaits. Then you continue down a narrow exposed trail. I do not recommend Starvation Cutoff trail, due to lots of gravel/pebbles and steep exposure.

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