Eagle Creek Trail #440
This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. The Eagle Creek Trail #440 is the most popular trail in the Columbia Gorge. It follows Eagle Creek through the forest and along paths carved into basalt cliffs. A relatively easy hike, Eagle Creek Trail offers spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls. On parts of this trail, there are sheer cliffs with no guard rails, so this hike may not be suitable for children or those afraid of heights. This trail is part of a multi-day loop opportunity which continues into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River Ranger District in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
This trail begins at Eagle Creek Campground and ends at Wahtum Lake. From Eagle Creek Overlook (120’) the trail climbs gradually southeast following Eagle Creek. After 2 miles the trail reaches spectacular Punch Bowl Falls (500’), where water spills 100 feet into a blue-green pool set in a large grotto. The trail continues following Eagle Creek under heavy forest 1.6 miles to High Bridge (560’), which traverses the gorge 150 feet above the creek. From High Bridge the trail heads southeast 1.4 miles, enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness, and continues 0.4 mile to the junction with Eagle Benson Trail #434. From the junction the trail climbs 0.8 mile to Tunnel Falls (1,240’), where the trail passes through a tunnel behind a shower of falling water. Continuing along Eagle Creek, the trail heads due south 1.6 miles to the junction with Eagle Tanner Trail #433 (1,560’). The trail leaves Eagle Creek at this junction and heads northeast. The trail climbs around a ridge above East Fork Eagle Creek after 2 miles and begins to turn south. 0.1 mile after turning south, the trail reaches the junction with Indian Springs Trail #435 (2,560’). Turn left (east) to stay on #440 and continue climbing 6 miles to the trails end at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 near Wahtum Lake (3,800’). Follow #2000 along the south shore of Wahtum Lake to reach the parking area near Wahtum Lake Campground.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
|Permit Info:||Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15. Permits are free and self-issued at a permit box station at the wilderness boundary|
|Restrictions:||Wilderness restrictions apply.|
|Closest Towns:||Cascade Locks, OR|
|Passes:||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Eagle Creek trailhead.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Hood River Ranger District|
From Portland, OR take I-84 eastbound to Eagle Creek exit # 41 and follow signs to the Eagle Creek Campground.
From Hood River, OR take I-84 westbound to Bonneville Dam exit # 40. Drive under the freeway and join eastbound traffic. After 1 mile take Eagle Creek exit # 41 and follow directions above.
Go to Wahtum Lake to access the south end of this trail.
Please park your car near the day use hosts if you are hiking overnight. It will be a lot more secure there than at the trailhead.
Day HikingEagle Creek Trail offers spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls. On parts of the trail are sheer cliffs with no guard rails, so this hike may not be suitable for children.
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|