A Candidate for the Best Low-elevation Hike in North America


Seven large waterfalls, many small falls, an historical trail, exploring a Wilderness area, wildflowers and sunshine.

The Eagle Creek trail is a true delight, especially the 12-mile out-and-back hike to Tunnel Falls.

The Eagle Creek Canyon cuts a south-to-north slot through the 4,000 foot cliffs of the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.

In the early 1900s, building the 13 miles of trail took 13 years of labor before reaching Wahtum Lake.

Parts of the trail are blasted out of the walls of sheer cliffs, including a section behind Tunnel Falls.

The hanging wildflower gardens along the trail were in their prime with deep blue larkspur, rosy plectritis, white saxifrage, yellow daisies and pinkish Scouler’s heliotrope.

It is probably the most spectacular low-elevation trail I have ever hiked.

Heading into the cave behind Tunnel Falls

Heading into the cave behind Tunnel Falls

Salal

Salal

Tributary creek (4 second exposure)

Tributary creek (4 second exposure)

Daisy

Daisy

Hiker heading into the cave behind Tunnel Falls

Hiker heading into the cave behind Tunnel Falls

Columbine

Columbine

Trail heading south of Tunnel Falls

Trail heading south of Tunnel Falls

Metlako Falls

Metlako Falls

Heading into the wilderness

Heading into the wilderness

Rosy Plectritis

Rosy Plectritis

Trail cut out of the vertical cliffs

Trail cut out of the vertical cliffs

Schouler's Heliotrope

Schouler’s Heliotrope

Green, green and more green

Green, green and more green

 

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Looks spectacular! Thanks for the recommendation. We’ll try to fit it in on our trip out to the Pacific Northwest this August.

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  2. Love the hike and love the title of your post!

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