Eagle Creek Trail

Eagle Creek Trail near Cascade Locks, OR

This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
7 miles
Summer, Fall, Spring
Cascade Locks, OR
User wanderlust
There isn't a dull moment on this trail. If you aren't dancing along at the edge of a precipice, or scuttling under dripping moss, you are enjoying the views of one of 6 distinct waterfalls.

This trail gets BUSY, so come on weekdays, or as early as you can, or you'll be out of luck for parking. It is very well maintained, and is more of a strolling path than forest trail, at least to the popular Punch Bowl Falls duo.

Like other gorge area trails, it is green, green, green. Mosses, trees, mosses on trees, ferns and grasses all compete for attention. In spring, the walls of the canyon weep with run-off. Any time of year, the views of the canyon below are fantastic.

1.5 miles from the trailhead there is a side trail to a view of Metlako Falls. This is as close to this baby as you're going to get, so don't risk your life for that photographic edge, and respect the fence.

0.2 miles beyond is a short, steep trail down to the river, where you can get up close and personal with Lower Punchbowl falls. This detour is 100% worth it.

Barely 100 meters (back on the trail) further along is the viewpoint for Upper Punchbowl. It doesn't look like you can get much closer to this guy either, unless you are totally out of your mind and scramble the cliff (which it looks like some people may have done - or hopefully it was goats).

A little over a mile beyond this is Loowit falls. It is on the other side of the creek, so don't get your hopes up about turning this one into a Herbal Essences commercial.

Finally, 3.5 miles from your car, is the gushing Skoonichuk Falls.

If you aren't falled-out, less than half a mile above Skoonichuk is the comparitively small 20' Tenas falls.


Travelling East on I084, take Exit 41 to Eagle Creek Park. Drive past the fish hatchery to the very tippy tippy end of the road, where there is a parking area, pass purchase booth ($5 for the day) and bridge across the river.

Stay straight on the trail for the waterfalls.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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