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Eagle Creek Trail #440

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.9 (8)

A challenging climb with a variety of conditions under foot and spectacular views.


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12.9

Miles

20.8

KM

Point to Point

3,743' 1,141 m

High

126' 38 m

Low

3,935' 1,199 m

Up

320' 98 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

• As of Dec. 2015 the trail is closed from the Tish Creek crossing due to a severely damaged bridge. For more details and updates check with the Forest Service by clicking here.
• Wilderness permits are required between May 15 and October 15, permits are free and self-issued.
• Generally snow free from June to September.
• Recreation Pass required at trai

Description

This trail begins at Eagle Creek Campground. There is a five dollar fee to park at the trailhead.

The first section is a gentle uphill along Eagle Creek, but within half a mile the trail becomes fairly steep. Starting about three-quarters of a mile in, there is a section of narrow trail with a steep drop and cables to hold on to, which lasts about a quarter mile.

About two miles in there is an option to take a side trail to visit Punchbowl Falls.

The trail continues following Eagle Creek under dense forest to High Bridge which traverses the gorge about 150 feet above the creek. From High Bridge the trail heads southeast to the junction with Eagle Benson Trail #434.

Six miles in is Tunnel Falls, where the trail runs behind a very large waterfall. From Tunnel Falls, the trail continues along the creek for about another mile and half to a junction with Eagle Tanner Trail #433. From there the trail leaves Eagle Creek and climbs around a ridge. You'll continue climbing steadily all the way to the trail's end at Wahtum Lake where the trail ends at Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

The trail is variously a narrow strip along exposed cliffs, smooth track through woods, rocky areas, and talus slopes.

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Shared By:

Todd Johnson

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  4.9 from 8 votes

#435

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  4.9 from 8 votes
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A great view of Tunnel Falls.
May 4, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Punch Bowl Falls drops into its pool.
May 4, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Punch Bowl Falls.
Feb 16, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Steep, narrow trail along the hillside.
Feb 16, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Tunnel Falls
Feb 16, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Couch and TV
Aug 16, 2019 near Cascade…, OR

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Mar 13, 2018
Zachary Roberts
Jul 19, 2017
Robert Faz
Eagle Creek to High Bridge, 3.3 mi 1-way. Parking lot extra .5 7.5mi
May 24, 2017
Ryan McClelland
Apr 17, 2017
Sarah Nelson
Made it to Punchbowls 4mi
Mar 8, 2017
Tabi Anne
Aug 13, 2016
Mike Ackerman
13.1mi
Jul 15, 2016
Zach McMackin
12.7mi — 4h 00m
Jun 6, 2016
Jamie Singleton
Completed Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake in and out hike in June 2016. Well marked trail and glad we completed prior to the fire in 2017. 26mi — 12h 01m