Eagle Creek Trail #440
Eagle Creek is a stunning, premier hike in the Columbia River Gorge. While impacted by the 2018 Eagle Creek fire, the trail has not lost its previous beauty and is still remarkably lush up to Punchbowl Falls. Rated moderate as not too steep, the trail is cut into the narrow, steep canyon carved by Eagle Creek. There are sharp drop-offs to the Eagle Creek channel below and the trail can be wet and slippery due to water falling from the cliffs above. Creek crossings are required if hiking past Punchbowl Falls. Eagle Creek is an alternate route for the Pacific Crest Trail.
Arrive early and on a weekday to get a parking spot and avoid crowds. Not suitable for young children or dogs.
If continuing past Punch Bowl Falls, the trail also goes by Skoonichuk Falls, Tenas Camp, Four Mile Falls, Tenas Falls, Wy'East Camp, Wy'east Falls, Blue Grouse Campsite, Grand Union Falls, Tunnel Falls, Twister Falls, and 7½ Mile Camp.
From Portland, take I-84 east to exit 41. From Hood River, take I-84 west to exit 40, backtrack on I-84 east to exit 41.
Parking is available just past the fish hatchery or continue up the road along Eagle Creek to additional parking. There are bathrooms.
Not suitable for young children. The trail is busy, narrow and sometimes slippery with steep drop-offs to Eagle Creek.