Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls

Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area 

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Best Time to Go: Accessible year-round 

About this Hike

The Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls trail is like stepping into the pages of an enchanted fantasy novel; there are dramatic rocky canyons, lush old-growth forests of douglas fir and cedar, and a green a carpet of ferns and moss-covered rocks. This hike passes over numerous side-creeks with rock step footbridges. At the 1.5-mile mark you may take a quick spur to 100-foot Metlako Falls, or continue on the trail to the gushing 36-foot Punchbowl falls. Note: There are sections of the trail that are narrow and high above the canyon; this trip might not be suitable for young children and/or dogs.

About this Area

This hike is located within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which encompasses 292, 500 acres and runs from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes River.  

How to Get There

1. From Portland, go east on I-84 and get off at exit 41. 

2. Take a right at the off ramp and continue for 0.5 miles until the road ends and you reach a large parking lot.

3. Park in designated areas, and follow signs for Eagle Creek Trail. 


Photo by Tula Top