|OregonWildflowers Locations Eagle Creek|
|Area||Columbia Gorge (west - OR)|
(Mount Hood National Forest)
|Best time to visit||Mid-April through May|
|Trail Info||4.2 miles round-trip, 400 feet elevation gain to Punch Bowl Falls|
|PLANT LIST AVAILABLE|
|Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide|
|Dogs||Allowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.|
|Northwest Forest Pass required!|
Eagle Creek is the most popular trail in the Columbia Gorge, and rightfully so. It follows Eagle Creek through both forest and along paths carved into basalt cliffs, offering spectacular viewpoints of the creek and beautiful waterfalls. The trail was constructed almost a century ago to accompany the opening of the Columbia River Highway. The cliffside sections were created by Italian engineers who used dynamite to blast openings so that the trail could proceed.
In addition to its spectacular viewpoints and beautiful waterfalls, it offers a tremendous array of spring wildflowers.
At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right. You have two options for parking... either the parking lot next to the park host 100 yards from the exit ramp, or the parking area at the actual trailhead another 0.5 mile down the road. I recommend parking in the first lot and walking the additional half mile along the road to the trailhead, because there have been numerous instances of break-ins at the trailhead parking area. Do not leave valuables in your car!
|Reports from previous years|
|05/12/2010||Jim and Nina Pollock|
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Chocolate Lily along Eagle Creek Trail
Fairy Slipper along Eagle Creek Trail
Shooting Stars along Eagle Creek Trail
Wauna Falls along Eagle Creek Trail
Metlako Falls along Eagle Creek Trail
Punch Bowl Falls, Eagle Creek
Loowit Falls, Eagle Creek
Looking upstream from High Bridge
Chasm downstream from High Bridge
Tenas Falls along Eagle Creek Trail
Tunnel Falls along Eagle Creek Trail
Glacier Lilies at Twister Falls, Eagle Creek
Twister Falls overlook along Eagle Creek
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'Wildflowers are not meant to be cut and tamed. They are meant to be loved and admired.' -- Anthony T. Hincks