Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
Central Gorge, Oregon
Hiking behind Tunnel falls (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
alert Trail Alert, Jan 14, 2021: The U.S. Forest Service - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: "The Eagle Creek Recreation Area and the Eagle Creek Trail are closed until further notice in order to remove debris deposited from flooding and repair damage sustained following a rainstorm that took place earlier this week.

"The Forest Service is partnering with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to remove large fallen trees, landslides and to address anticipated damages sustained on the Eagle Creek Trail. The cleanup will begin as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

"The Columbia River Gorge has a complex history involving volcanic lava flows, ice-age floods, tectonic plate collisions, and other dynamic geologic phenomenon. The steep slopes and loss of vegetation from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire throughout the waterfall corridor make the area prone to landslides, rockfall, and debris flows from heavy rains. Hikers should use caution when entering burned areas. "
Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
12 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
1640 feet
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms:
Yes
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
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As the name implies, your path will pass through a tunnel behind Tunnel Falls. Consider as you enter the tunnel, the work required to build this. The path was completed in the 1910s and has been virtually unchanged since! The falls drop from the bluffs above to the creek bed below, then downstream into the main Eagle Creek run. The years have carved out a striking amphitheater here. It is a breathtaking area, and easily the climax of your trip.
 
This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness at approximately 5 miles south of the trailhead. Wilderness restrictions apply.

Driving Directions

Eagle Creek Trailhead:  Traveling eastbound on I-84, take Exit #41. At the bottom of the ramp turn right. Go about 1/2 mile to the end of the road. You will go past 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; park only in designated spaces. NW Forest Pass required. Coming from the east, there is no westbound exit at Exit #41/Eagle Creek. You must continue on I-84 and get off at Exit #40/Bonneville Dam, get back on the interstate and head east for one mile to Exit #41. At the bottom of the ramp turn right. Go about 1/2 mile to the end of the road. You will go past 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; park only in designated spaces. NW Forest Pass required.