Loowit Falls ©Greg Lief
Loowit Falls ©Greg Lief

Eagle Creek to High Bridge

Western 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

This hike is part of our 2014 Histories & Mysteries Challenge. Let us lead you to some of the geologic and historic features that make the Gorge unique!

Trail Map

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.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: Out and Back
  • Length: 6.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 840 feet
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Restroom Facilities: Yes
  • Fees and Regulations: NW Forest Pass

Features:

  • Waterfall
  • Wildflowers

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,500 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain

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Credits

Trail maps are courtesy of NWHiker.org. Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of Portlandhikers.org.