Lower Punch Bowl Trail (#440B)

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Punchbowl Falls

This short 0.2 mile spur trail starts 1.8 miles into Eagle Creek Trail #440, leading down to a pebble beach, which is part of an exquisite amphitheater at the base of Lower Punch Bowl Falls. At a height of about 15 feet, Lower Punch Bowl Falls gets its name from its classic "punchbowl" shape. this is a popular hike in the heat of summer, with visitors lingering on the pebble beach and enjoying a splash in the stream. During the fall, spawning salmon may use the area, so please refrain from wading into Eagle Creek. Note also that winter and early spring conditions tend to be cold, wet, and icy due to the cooling effect of the north-facing slot canyon.  

Alert: Cliff jumping/diving into Upper or Lower Punch Bowl Falls is prohibited and violators are subject to a fine of $300.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to unstable conditions from a 2017 fire. Violators can be cited and fined.
Usage: Heavy
  • Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
  • Title 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b)state: cliff jumping/diving into Punch Bowl Falls, and/or Upper and Lower Punch Bowl Falls is prohibited. Excemptions: Persons with a permit/contract or any Federal, State or local officer or member of any organized rescue force.
Closest Towns: West of Cascade Locks, OR  
Restroom: Near the Eagle Creek Day Use Site
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Eagle Creek trailhead.
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


Eagle Creek Day Use/Picnic Area/Trailhead

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #41.  Take a right at the end of the off ramp and follow the signs to the picnic area and trailhead. 

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 approximately 3 miles to Bonneville Dam exit #40 (there is no westbound exit #41). Turn left at the stop sign, go under the interstate and then turn left onto the eastbound freeway entrance. Travel east approximately 1 mile on Interstate 84 to exit #41. Take a right at the end of the off ramp and follow the signs to the picnic area and trailhead.



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