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
Topo Map: Eagle Creek Trail to Wahtum Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking The Columbia River Gorge Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/29/2008

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

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.

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