Eagle Creek to Twister Falls

Hiking Stats:

Distance: About 12.5 miles

Elevation Gain: About 1600 ft

Rating: Difficult, due to length, some exposure

Hike Type: In & Out

Required Permits: NW Forest Pass (one per vehicle)

Driving Distance: about 75 miles return (gas money suggestion for carpool: $7)

Hike Description:

Although there is still a little bit of summer left, I already want to leave the high elevation and do one of my favorite hikes in the Gorge.  Unfortunately, it is not only my favorite hike, so I try to avoid the masses with an earlier start.  Let’s meet at Gateway to set up the carpool to the trailhead and leave at 7:30a sharp to be able to start hiking by 8:30a.

The hike will follow trail #440 along beautiful Eagle Creek, passing numerous waterfalls before reaching High Bridge at the halfway point to Tunnel Falls.  We will continue to Tunnel Falls, walk through the tunnel and behind the fall, to continue even further to Twister Falls, which, at this point, will be less than half a mile away.  This will be our turnaround point and possible lunch spot.

The trail has some exposure, as it is carved into a rock wall at short sections, but the trail is wide and has permanent steel ropes installed at these places, so it is not difficult to pass. Only if you are terrified of heights you should not sign up.

What to bring:

Reasonable stamina to hike the distance

Sturdy shoes

Non-cotton clothes

10 essentials

In Addition:

My hiking style is a moderate pace with some, but not to frequent brakes.  I try to keep the group together as much as possible, that means we move at the speed of the slowest hiker.  Also, we are out in a wilderness area.  Sometimes unpredictable circumstances can lead to a longer hike time.  Please be prepared and bring enough gear (cloth and food) to stay out late, and don’t schedule anything for the evening that can’t be done without you (and you even might not to be able to call someone to say that you are late because cell phone reception is rare in the wilderness.)

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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  • Juergen

    I had some great hiking comrades for a beautiful trail. I always love to pass Tunnel Falls and look back to the falling water. Thanks all for making my first hike as a leader a good experience.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Janice A.

    Great Group. Juergen and Kris, it's always fun. Mark and Miae, it was great to meet you and look forward to more hikes with you both. Thanks for organizing Juergen.

    September 15, 2013

  • Miae

    Thanks for organizing the hike, Juergen. I had a great time hiking with everybody. Fun group!

    September 15, 2013

  • Christina

    Would love to join the hike.

    September 14, 2013

    • Juergen

      That would be easy, as long as there is still a spot open. You just RSVP yes, and when you get a confirmation that you have the spot, all you have to do then is showing up tomorrow morning.

      September 14, 2013

  • Katya

    Yay, glad to see you leading, Juergen! So maybe Rock of Ages next weekend *wink wink*

    September 11, 2013

    • Juergen

      Actually, if everything goes good this weekend, I'm thinking of posting it next Saturday.

      2 · September 12, 2013

  • KRIS

    Yey! :-)

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Craig G

    Best wishes Juergen and group!

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Do this one for me on my birthday. Be safe and have fun. Good Luck...

    3 · September 11, 2013

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