Eagle Creek to Twister Falls

RSVP will open Friday, December 21 at 8:30 AM

TOTAL MILES: 13.0 miles

ELEVATION GAIN:  1640 ft

PACE:   “Quick” (~2.5 mph)

DIFFICULTY RATING:  Difficult due to distance.

ESTIMATED HIKING TIME:   5-6  hours

PERMITS:  NW Forest Pass

 

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 75 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or 7.50. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute.  Thanks!

 

Let’s take advantage of the winter weather and experience this trail, following this beautiful creek and the multiple falls during a high water flow.  This well known trail follows the beautiful Eagle Creek for a bit over 6 miles past three significant falls …until we reach its crown jewels…Tunnel and Twister Falls.  We will break for lunch here or close by and then retrace our route to the trail head.  Please be prepared for wet and cold weather, perhaps even snow…who knows…. If the temperature drops there could be ice in certain places on the trail.  This trail is not generally difficult in and of itself but winter condition may exist.  I recommend bringing trekking poles and Yaktrax or other traction devices just in case.

 

 

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening.  The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

 

NO DOGS, please.

 

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes / Yaktrax   with at least one change of socks

• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Rain gear

• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*

• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

 

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition,

Hydration, Emergency Shelter.  For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

 

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  • Kathy

    What awesome, unbelievable photos. Looks like helmets should have been required?

    January 28, 2013

  • Steve

    What am amazing twist on a great hiking destination.. lots of ice and snow...but well worth the trip. A great group of hikers..thanks to all for making this another great outing!

    January 6, 2013

  • Juergen

    Icy conditions, but a wonderful hike with spectacular impressions.

    2 · January 5, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Dang, Steve, I wish I had read your write up about ice conditions. We got by surpise by all the ice and snow even as low as we were. Very pretty though!

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi all, sadly I woke up with a terrible cold. have a great hike!

    January 5, 2013

  • Steve

    Hello fellow hikers!

    I am looking forward to our hike this Saturday...Eagle Creek to Twister Falls. As I encouraged in the original positing I want to emphasize the importance of being prepared for winter conditions on this hike. Due to the possibility of ice on the trail, I do not consider this to be a beginner hike as we may encounter icy trail conditions. If you do not have both trekking poles and Yaktrax or other traction devices for your feet, I recommend you obtain them or consider not attending this Meetup. Even with this preparation, there is a possibility that we will be turned back due to risky or unsafe trail conditions. If this becomes the case we will travel to another hiking area close by. I look forward to seeing each of you on Saturday!

    January 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree which is why I won't be attending. Eagle Creek to the falls is my all time favorite hike but I don't have the proper equipment not feel equipped to handle the cold this time of year! Please keep me posted for warmer conditions...

      January 2, 2013

  • Steve

    Thanks Kevin... I agree..which is why I recommended both in my hike description... Its winter time in the gorge and everyone should be prepared for it!

    January 1, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    I was at Eagle Creek today. It is beautiful with snow and ice. That also means hiking is a challenge. I turned back before the cable as it was a sheet of ice for about 50 yards. I would bring hiking poles and Yaxtrax or better as it is very slick.

    January 1, 2013

  • Steve

    Thanks for the update Matt and Alexandra, as we know weather and trail conditions change almost daily in the gorge. As I suggested in my posting I urge people to be prepared for these kind of trail conditions and to carry trekking poles and traction devices such as Yaktrax.

    December 30, 2012

    • Alexandra

      I've never used my Yaktrax on anything but a snowy surface - and someone in another hiking group told me they don't work well on anything else. Do you find this to be true? Does anyone use crampons instead?

      December 30, 2012

    • Steve

      Ive used Yaktrax on both snow and ice and they definitely provide some traction on both. I personally would not use crampons unless it was a very severe and thick ice sheet condition.... if that were the case I would probably go to a plan "b" for a hike.

      December 30, 2012

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