Loowit Falls ©Greg Lief

Eagle Creek to High Bridge

Mid-Gorge, Oregon

Eagle Creek is a quintessential hike in the Columbia River Gorge, boasting dozens of spectacular waterfalls, tall basalt cliffs, ubiquitous talus slopes, and the lush temperate rainforests that so characterize the Pacific Northwest. It is considered by many to be one of the most resplendent hiking destinations in the Northwest; no doubt, essential fare for Portland-area outdoor lovers.

Metlako Falls

Metlako Falls (c) Greg Lief

Trail Map

Driving Directions

Coming from Portland, travel eastbound on I-84, and turn off at Exit #41. At the bottom of the ramp turn right. Go about 1/2 mile to the end of the road. You will go passed a footbridge (that takes hikers up to Wauna Viewpoint) as the road narrows to one lane. Continue a short ways to a large parking lot, parking only in designated spaces.

(Coming from the east, be aware, there is no westbound exit at Eagle Creek. You must continue on I-84 and get off at the Bonneville Dam exit, get back on the interstate and backtrack to exit #41.) There are really a couple a major trailheads here. The Eagle Creek Trail starts at the end of the road. All of the Eagle Creek hikes start there. The Wauna Viewpoint Hike starts by crossing the suspension bridge. All of the other hikes start at the bridge, as well, but begin by walking away from the bridge up the campground road.