Eagle Creek

Cascade Locks, Oregon

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Built in 1915, the Eagle Creek Trail opened in conjunction with the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trail leads through one of the most sensational canyons in the entire Columbia River Gorge. Along the way you’ll travel a path that was blasted out of basalt cliffs, visit numerous waterfalls, and cross bridges that offer spectacular views of chasms below. The trail is well kept, often wide, and gently graded, making it a great option for novices. There are, however, a couple of sections where the trail is narrow and exposed. Cabling is provided in these sections to help ease your mind, but you still might want to proceed with caution. As an added bonus, October and November are prime times to watch salmon making their way upstream to spawn. Eagle Creek is one of the premier spots in the Columbia River Gorge to witness this marvel of nature. Some of the best viewing is available at the trailhead and along the creek’s first stretch of hiking.
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Built in 1915, the Eagle Creek Trail opened in conjunction with the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trail leads through one of the most sensational canyons in the entire Columbia River Gorge. Along the way you’ll travel a path that was blasted out of basalt cliffs, visit numerous waterfalls, and cross bridges that offer spectacular views of chasms below.

The trail is well kept, often wide, and gently graded, making it a great option for novices. There are, however, a couple of sections where the trail is narrow and exposed. Cabling is provided in these sections to help ease your mind, but you still might want to proceed with caution. As an added bonus, October and November are prime times to watch salmon making their way upstream to spawn. Eagle Creek is one of the premier spots in the Columbia River Gorge to witness this marvel of nature. Some of the best viewing is available at the trailhead and along the creek’s first stretch of hiking.

© 2016 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cascade Locks
Distance: 4.2-13.5 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2-8 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, (800) 551-6949; oregonstateparks.org
Local Maps: Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 37, E8
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Creek

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