Eagle Creek Trail to Wahtum Lake

Dodson, Oregon

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The second most famous and perhaps most enjoyable hike in the Gorge. Eagle Creek Trail is second only to Multnomah Falls in popularity, being the hike with more waterfalls than any other in the Columbia Gorge. It is also one of the most flexible, offering day, overnight, and extended backpacking options.
Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

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Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)

The second most famous and perhaps most enjoyable hike in the Gorge. Eagle Creek Trail is second only to Multnomah Falls in popularity, being the hike with more waterfalls than any other in the Columbia Gorge. It is also one of the most flexible, offering day, overnight, and extended backpacking options.

© 2014 Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Dodson
Distance: 13.3
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 8 hours or overnight
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 160 feet
Top Elevation: 3,960 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055; (503) 668-1700; www.fs.usda.gov/mthood.
Local Maps: USGS Whatum Lake, Tanner Butte, Bonneville Dam; Trails of the Columbia Gorge; Bonneville Dam Green Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Creek Trail to Wahtum Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

6/29/2008
0

This is the one of the best trails I have ever hiked. Much of the trail is blasted out of the sides of lava cliffs. We went for a quick overnight and camped near 7.5 mile camp. the place was deserted, al the weekenders had left. we saw 1 person on the trail from 3pm until 9am the next day. The falls were dumping quite a bit of water especially since there is still significant snow as low as '4500. We were told that on the trail to Wathum you could get to within 1 mile of the lake before it became impassable because of snow. I'm sure I will be doing this trail several more times throughout my life... heck I might go back next week.


3/3/2008
0

Absolutley one of the best trails i've hiked in many years. trailhead to tunnel falls makes a great daytrip or overnighter however wahtum lake not reccomended for the novice packer. After 7.5 mile camp trail becomes much more difficult (only making it that much more rewarding) Bear mace may also be a good idea in spring and fall, although i haven't seen any to date the lake and it's surrounding areas are prime bear turf.


9/6/2007
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Beautiful, bring a swimsuit for the many beautiful pools. Eagles-Benson trail was a nightmare (downed trees, missing trail, etc). Wahtum lake was very peaceful, totally worth it.


8/10/2007
0

Went back packing with wife, and two children 11 and 13. We had heard a lot about Eagle Creek and this was our first hike there. We parked right near the camp hosts as they said there had been some car breakins at the trail head. The weather was perfect, in the low 80's, and on Friday it wasn't very crowded on the trail. On Saturday afternoon on our return it was a bit more crowded with day hikers, but still bearable. We camped at Tenas Camp which is about 3.5 miles from the trailhead. Note that there are probably 4 campsties at Tenas, but you have to look around. The first one you come to on the left is right on the trail and has no privacy. However, only 1 minute farther south on the right side you climb up the small hill, and there are 2 or 3 campsites that are not viewable from the trail. Water at the creek is only a few minutes away. Overall a great first backpacking trip for my family.


8/1/2007
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I power hiked to the lake and jogged back down; parts of the trail are very rocky with steep drop- offs, too dangerous to run. The trail is somewhat over- grown from 6-8 miles with fallen trees about 8 or 9 miles. I came face to face with a deer right after tunnel falls on a narrow part with cliffs below; after a couple minute staredown, I reached into my camelback to offer some Clifbar looked back up and she had disappeared. The views are nice the first 6 or 7 miles but not much after that. Lots of people were camping. No cell service with Verizon.



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