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Eagle Creek Trail: The Oregon Waterfall Encounter! (Day 19)

Most importantly: this was a 12-mile hike (6 in, 6 out). The bottom four miles or so seemed like being on a conveyor belt and observing a nice river and several waterfalls through glass. Like at Sea World with the penguins. It was strange. Felt disconnected from stuff — like I could see the river and/or waterfall out there, but I wasn’t near enough to like touch it or anything. Plus the trail was pretty flat.

This trail was interesting in that it was mostly dynamited out of the side of the hill. You’re walking on a ledge for the most part. They had some cables up to hold on to, but it’s a pretty wide ledge.

The last couple miles on the way up (and the first couple on the way down) are pretty exciting, though. I hiked the trail up to Twister Falls, which comes right after Tunnel Falls. Tunnel Falls is the coolest waterfall I’ve seen in Oregon. Yes, including Multnomah. It’s just cool. The majority of the hike might have been merely pleasant, but the payoff was huge. IMHO. Always IMHO.

eagle creek trail ledgeSee, they just, like, blasted the trail out of the side of the hill.

upper punchbowl fallsUpper Punchbowl Falls: look, but don’t touch! Actually, I think it’s possible to get into that pool, there, but it requires some effort (the path at the lower-right of the photo does not go down to the pool) and wouldn’t it have made sense to blast the trail such that it, like, goes right by the waterfall? No?

unnamed waterfallAnother little waterfall keeping its distance.

tunnel falls tunnelThe tunnel (and trail) that goes behind Tunnel Falls.

tunnel falls tunnel exitExit tunnel right.

tunnel falls from behindThe view from behind the waterfall.

tunnel falls bottom halfBottom half of Tunnel Falls, with the trail cutting through it.

tunnel falls top halfThe top half of tunnel falls. Actually, both “half” photos are more like three-quarters. Key point: I couldn’t get the whole waterfall in frame.

twister falls

Twister Falls, just above Tunnel Falls.

tunnel falls landscape orientationYes, Tunnel Falls. Again. But!: landscape orientation. Well worth it.

Oh well. If you ever want to see more photos of waterfalls — especially this one particular waterfall — I have them available. (I mean, I *do* have them available, but — you know.)


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  1. Michael
    March 3rd, 2010 at 21:19 | #1

    that looks awesome, could you send me the rest of the photos from this waterfall at —-.
    thankyou bkd

  2. April
    August 9th, 2010 at 15:22 | #2

    Stumbled up on your pics and they were great! You’ve captured some great shots of my home state which makes me miss it even more. Even though I’m bummed I’m so far away your pictures reminded me of how proud I am to call Oregon my home. Thank you.

  3. August 9th, 2010 at 16:20 | #3

    Thanks! Being originally from Washington myself it’s hurts to say it, but Oregon is pretty awesome.

  4. Brandon
    October 13th, 2011 at 05:43 | #4

    I’m from Oregon and now live in Seattle. That was THE favorite hike of mine. Planning on doing it again the summer of 2012 after nearly 20 years!

  5. Maggie Griffin
    May 13th, 2012 at 16:31 | #5

    beautiful pictures. I’m hoping for short trip out west and I really want a long trip out there. But I’ll take what I can get. I love hiking to waterfalls, need about a medium level hike. Love mountains, rivers, waterfalls.
    Any suggestions for absolutely “Must See!”
    Oh, and I would love to see more pictures…

  6. June 2nd, 2012 at 08:56 | #6

    Well — those are most of the good ones. If there’s any area in particular you’d like to see more of, lmk and I’ll see if I had more available. You can also check out photos of other travels I’ve done on my other blog at bkdunn.com.

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