Maywood Park, OR
Adventurer | 226 pts
If there is a trail "masterpiece," this would be it. I did a quick solo backpack up Eagle Creek Trail over a couple of days in late September 2006. It has been about 9 years since I've hiked here and it's still a spectacular trail. The views are fantastic. The trail is very well designed and maintained. Eagle Creek should be a required visit for those who design future trails, cause they got this one right when it was build back around 1910. All the things a backpack wants are there. Eagle Creek trail has never ending beauty, excellent camp areas, water is almost always near. My first camp (Friday) was near the Wy East area, about 4.5 miles in. The next day I hiked the short distance to 7 1/2 mile camp and just spend a day in the forest. Exploring Eagle Creek, next to my camp, was very cool! There are at least 5 great campsites at this location. I noticed 6-8 other backpacking parties along the trail as I hiked out early Sunday morning. Much is said about the big crowds here, but most of the crowd is dayhikers who hike only to Punchbowl viewpoint, which is about 2 miles in. I highly recommend you see Tunnel Falls, 6 miles in. This area is the most beautiful I've ever seen on a trail!