Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake

Central Gorge, Oregon

Eagle Creek to Wahtum Lake
255 steps lead to Wahtum Lake (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

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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.

Begin this hike at Eagle Creek Trailhead and climb steeply up to Wahtum Lake over two days. The first eight miles follows scenic Eagle Creek, coming to a great camping spot. On the second day, the steep trail climbs up to Wahtum Lake, elevation gain 2300'. Camp at Wahtum Lake, then return the way you came.
 
This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness at approximately 5 miles south of the trailhead. Wilderness restrictions apply.
 
- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org. + Read More

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Driving Directions

Eagle Creek Trailhead:   raveling 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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