Perhaps one of the most famous hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, Eagle Creek boasts all of the iconic features of the region: big waterfalls that shoot from eroded basalt cliffs, deep river pools, gnarled old-growth forest and colorful, exotic wildflowers. Most folks hike only as far as picturesque Punchbowl Falls, a 4.2 mile round trip, and miss the turnoff to view Metlako Falls along the way. Keep in mind that these two falls are only the beginning of what this long and deep valley has to offer. At the very least, make your way to High Bridge, a steel structure 300 feet above a narrow basalt chasm that is reminiscent of the Oneonta Gorge. If your day allows for it, or if you have the luxury of spending the night in one of the campsites, hike through this Douglas fir and western red cedar forest to all seven waterfalls. Your efforts will be rewarded as you walk behind the 160-foot Tunnel Falls and the dramatic Crossover Falls .25 miles farther up the trail.
Note: Overnight camping is only allowed past High Bridge, and campfires are not allowed during the peak summer months. If you are hiking with children and dogs, use caution. This hike contains narrow paths that are cut into basalt cliffs over precipitous drops. During the winter months, large icicles may form on the cliff walls and fall onto the trail.