Length: 12.0 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1050' gain
Season: Year Round
Difficulty: Challenging due to length of hike
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
This is one of the most popular hikes in Oregon. After leaving the
trail head, the hike almost immediately begins to climb the sheer rock walls of Eagle Creek.
The builders placed cables to hold on to as the trail takes you past several very steep
areas. At 2 miles you will come to Punchbowl Falls, and at 3.2 miles you will reach the
High Bridge. After crossing the High Bridge, the trail continues upstream for another
2.8 miles to the fantastic Tunnel Falls.
So names because the trail builders decided to carve
a tunnel out of the sheer rock wall, over which the falls descends, for hikers to pass by
the falls. But there's more. If you walk a short distance past Tunnel Falls, you come
to another treat, falls on Eagle Creek itself.