Cedar Mill, OR
Explorer | 30 pts
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.