Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls Hike Oregon
- Eagles Creek Hike in Oregon
- ****2 hours and 45 minutes drive from Olympia to trail head parking lot.
- Type of Hike: Out And Back
- Length: 12.0 Miles
- Elevation Gain: 1640 Feet
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Restroom Facilities: 1
- Fees and Regulations: NW Forest Pass Required
Waterfalls along the way to Tunnel Falls
Metlako Falls, which takes its name from the Indian goddess of salmon, is an 82 feet (25 m) punchbowl waterfall. The falls drop out of a narrow and calm stream pool along Eagle Creek, and shoot powerfully out into the narrow canyon. Metlako Falls has also been measured to be either 100 feet (30 m), 101 feet (31 m), and 150 feet (46 m). Despite its great height, the falls have been run before by experienced kayakers.
Metlako Falls is at coordinates [masked]°N[masked]°W.
Lower Punch Bowl Falls is the smaller downstream counterpart of the famous upstream Punch Bowl Falls. It is approximately 12 feet (3.7 m) high and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide. The falls is a popular study for photography, though a stretch of Eagle Creek upstream and Punch Bowl Falls itself are far more popular subjects.
Lower Punch Bowl Falls is at coordinates [masked]°N[masked]°W.
Punch Bowl Falls is a 33 feet (10 m) punchbowl, hence the name, just upstream of Lower Punch Bowl Falls, and is an incredibly popular subject of photography. The falls is formed as Eagle Creek is forced into a narrow channel, no more than 5 feet (1.5 m) wide, by sheer cliffs and shoots at high velocity into a natural amphitheater. This waterfall was responsible for the waterfall classification of "punchbowl".
Punch Bowl Falls is at coordinates [masked]°N[masked]°W.
Skoonichuk Falls takes its name from the Chinook Indian word meaning evil spirit. About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) upstream of Punch Bowl Falls, Skoonichuk Falls is an often overlooked, 55-foot (17 m) drop on Eagle Creek, with two main tiers of 35 feet (11 m) and 15 feet (4.6 m) with cascades above and below.
Skoonichuk Falls is at coordinates [masked]°N[masked]°W.
Grand Union Falls, also called Grand Junction Falls or Blue Grouse Falls, is an often overlooked waterfall on Eagle Creek just below the famed Tunnel Falls. It is similar in appearance, geology and form to Sevenmile Falls not too far upstream. The falls drop about 45 feet (14 m) in a punchbowl form, ending in a large, clear pool below. The cliff it flows over consists of the same columnar basalt that is very common in the Columbia River Gorge area.
Grand Union Falls is at coordinates [masked]°N[masked]°W.
Tunnel Falls is the only known waterfall on the East Fork Eagle Creek, with a sheer plunge of 130 feet (40 m) into a narrow bowl. Its most famous feature is the way the Eagle Creek Trail passes behind it, through a narrow tunnel blasted in the cliff face, 60 feet (18 m) above the streambed. The falls takes its name from this tunnel. The waterfall is actually on the East Fork Eagle Creek, not on Eagle Creek itself, but the East Fork is a substantial stream and Tunnel Falls is often associated with Eagle Creek anyway.
Tunnel Falls is at coordinates [masked]°N[masked]°W.
As the name implies, your path will pass through a tunnel behind Tunnel Falls. Consider as you enter the tunnel, the work required to build this. The path was completed in the 1910s and has been virtually unchanged since! The falls drop from the bluffs above to the creek bed below, then downstream into the main Eagle Creek run. The years have carved out a striking amphitheater here. It is a breathtaking area, and easily the climax of your trip.
**** Reminder - after 3 no shows you may be restricted from attending any future Olympia Hiking Meetup Group events****
As usual bring the 10 essentials, everything you need to keep yourself comfortable and safe, a sense of humor and adventure.
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