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Eagle Creek Trail #440

 6 votes

12.9 Miles 20.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

3,935' 1,199 m

Ascent

-320' -98 m

Descent

3,743' 1,141 m

High

126' 38 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Bad / Closed

39 days agoUpdate

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

Todd Johnson

Overview

• 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
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed

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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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
Feb 13, 2016
Jonathan Burley
Hiked from first parking lot to Tunnel Falls and back. One bridge was out but crossed up stream. 11mi — 6h 00m
Sep 24, 2010
Carrie Berg
Hiked back in 2010 when I lived in Portland. Gorgeous trail and tons of waterfalls

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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Bad / Closed 39 days ago
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This is a really beautiful hike in the gorge! In the summer, it is pretty crowded up until you get past Punch Bowl Falls, but the crowd dwindles as you get further in. Tunnel Falls is a good turnaround point for a solid 12-mile roundtrip day hike. The trail is very rocky and can take a toll on your feet after a while but the sights are worth it! My husband and I made a blog post about our trip if you're interested!: weekendsojourners.com/blog/… Jul 29, 2016

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