Eagle Creek

AreaColumbia Gorge (west - OR)
(Mount Hood National Forest)
Best time to visitMid-April through May
Blooming NowYES
Elevation170-1200 feet
Trail Info4.2 miles round-trip, 400 feet elevation gain to Punch Bowl Falls
 Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.
 Northwest Forest Pass required!

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


As of January 2021 this location is closed due to storm damage (after an all-too-brief post-fire reopening period). For more information, visit the USFS page.

Eagle Creek is the most popular trail in the Columbia Gorge, and rightfully so. It follows Eagle Creek through both forest and along paths carved into basalt cliffs, offering spectacular viewpoints of the creek and beautiful waterfalls. The trail was constructed almost a century ago to accompany the opening of the Columbia River Highway. The cliffside sections were created by Italian engineers who used dynamite to blast openings so that the trail could proceed.

In addition to its spectacular viewpoints and beautiful waterfalls, it offers a tremendous array of spring wildflowers.


From Portland, take Interstate 84 to Exit 41. (If you are driving westbound, take Exit 40 at Bonneville Dam, go under the freeway, and then drive east one mile.)

At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right. You have two options for parking... either the parking lot next to the park host 100 yards from the exit ramp, or the parking area at the actual trailhead another 0.5 mile down the road. I recommend parking in the first lot and walking the additional half mile along the road to the trailhead, because there have been numerous instances of break-ins at the trailhead parking area. Do not leave valuables in your car!

Trip Reports

DateSubmitted by
Reports from previous years
05/31/2023Greg Lief
05/06/2023Greg Lief
04/24/2023Greg Lief
06/16/2017Greg Lief
05/07/2017Greg Lief
04/10/2017Greg Lief
05/02/2016Greg Lief
04/25/2016Greg Lief
03/31/2016Greg Lief
03/26/2015Jeff Wendorff
03/18/2015Adam Schneider
04/21/2012Greg Lief
04/17/2012Marianne Nelson
05/12/2010Jim and Nina Pollock
05/01/2010Greg Lief
04/16/2010Marianne Nelson
05/14/2009Jim Conrad
04/14/2008Marianne Nelson
04/22/2007Greg Lief

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Photo Gallery

Chocolate Lily along Eagle Creek Trail

Fairy Slipper along Eagle Creek Trail

Shooting Stars along Eagle Creek Trail

Wauna Falls along Eagle Creek Trail

Metlako Falls along Eagle Creek Trail

Punch Bowl Falls, Eagle Creek

Loowit Falls, Eagle Creek

Looking upstream from High Bridge

Chasm downstream from High Bridge

Tenas Falls along Eagle Creek Trail

Tunnel Falls along Eagle Creek Trail

Glacier Lilies at Twister Falls, Eagle Creek

Twister Falls overlook along Eagle Creek

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