Into the forest on the trail to Tanner Butte (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Jul 12, 2018: Trail closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening.
This is a very strenuous hike with lots of elevation gain and only one water source. The hike starts at the Wahclella Falls Trailhead, but not the Wahclella Falls trail. To find the Tanner Butte trail, walk back toward the freeway, and look for a trail taking off above the parking lot area. Hike about a mile until you come out on a service road. Head south for about a mile until you see the Tanner Ridge/Butte Trailhead sign. From here, there are a series of beautiful waterfalls as you climb up Tanner Ridge.
Follow Trail #401 for approximately two miles, until you come to the junction of Trail #401D to Wauna Point. Turn right and continue the climb up Tanner Ridge. Hike a couple of more miles until you come to a junction with Trail #448, which heads back down the canyon toward Tanner Creek, and back to where you began. Continue toward Tanner Butte, and you will come to an abandoned road which the trail follows for nearly the remainder of the hike. The trail you are on continues to Eagle Creek, but for this hike you will take the cutoff trail to the top of Tanner Butte. It is well marked, but the trail isn't. Once you summit, the views are spectacular on a clear day.
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- Type: Out and back
- Distance: 17 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 4500 feet
- Difficulty: Expert
- Family Friendly: No
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
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Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities
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