Avg.Time: 5 – 6 hours
Start / Finish:
- Eagle Creek Trailhead. About 45 minutes drive from Portland. Only two miles from the agreeable little town of Cascade Locks, situated on the Columbia River.
- See the Portland Hikers website for details on getting to and from the trailhead.
Maps / Info:
- Signage: The trail is well marked and easy to follow. See Oregon.com for a basic sketch map of the walk.
- GPS: See AllTrails for GPX data for the trail.
Route / Conditions:
- From the trailhead, simply follow the path along Eagle Creek until you reach Tunnel Falls. Then walk back again. It would be very difficult to get lost on this trail.
- There are four designated campsites between the trailhead and Tunnel Falls. From all reports, they can be quite popular on holidays and weekends.
- If you are looking for a little more luxury, there are numerous overnight options in nearby Cascade Locks.
- Gently graded trail, creekside camping, and a gorgeous series of cascades. Arguably the premier “waterfall” hike in the USA. Tunnel Falls itself is a classic. The passageway behind the falls was blasted out by trail builders in the early 1900s and hikers have been passing through ever since.
- I did this walk as an alternate route during my Pacific Crest Trail hikes in 2007 and 2012.