Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls

Central Gorge, Oregon

Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
Hiking behind Tunnel falls (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Trail Features

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Trail Description Driving Directions

alert Trail Alert, Feb. 20, 2017: A landslide just past the trailhead has rendered the trail nearly impassable. Hiking this trail is not recommended. Another slide further up the trail has closed the Metlako Spur trail and the overlook has collapsed. Please stay clear of the former overlook area, which is currently unstable.  

12/1/16: The bridge at milepost 2.0 (Tish Creek), just past Punchbowl Falls, is structurally unsound and has been officially closed since December of 2015. Please do not attempt to cross the bridge; it is unsafe. The trail, however, is officially open on both sides of the Tish Creek Bridge. The bridge may be replaced by March 2017. Learn more.

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. + Read More

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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. + Read More

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