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Eagle Creek to High Bridge Hike

* Please do not sign up for this event unless you are 100% sure you can make it.*

Hike Details

Meeting location: Bottom level of the parking deck.

Meeting Time: 9:00AM

Hike Distance: Approx 6.4 miles

Difficulty: Easy / moderate

Drive Distance: Approx: 70 miles round trip

Directions: Take I-84E to exit 41 Fish Hatchery / Eagle Creek. Follow signs to trailhead.

If you carpool with someone, offer gas money.

 ** There is a $5 parking fee if you do not have a NW Forest Pass.  If you have one, please bring it even if you wish to ride with someone else. **

This is NOT a kid friendly hike because of the cliffs.

 

From The Portland Hikers Field Guide:  

The Eagle Creek to High Bridge Hike is a popular day-hike option. At a little over 6 1/2 miles round trip, and with a mere 480 feet of elevation gain, this option gives you a great balance of effort vs. reward, and will hopefully whet your appetite for return visits that take you far further down the gorge.

Before you've gone a mile, you'll find yourself high above the creek, which has now opened up to a glorious valley. Many months the fog hangs low in the canyon, blocking your view of the snow-encrusted cliff-sides towering around you. In places the trail is narrow and the drop-off is quite steep. Cable lines were built into the walls in sections to provide some stability.

As the trail steadily gains elevation, it begins to divert away from the creek. You'll notice the quiet as you ascend away from the rushing water and deeper into the lush old-growth forests of douglas fir, cedar and hemlock. Dewy ferns, moss-covered rocks, and sometimes poison oak blanket the forest floor. You will be surprised at the beauty and quiet of these sections, which at times are like scenes from a fairy tale.

Along the rest of the hike, you'll cross various side-creeks -- some by rock steps, many by footbridges. Be sure to look upstream as you pass by -- especially in the wetter months -- as you will be treated to waterfalls and more lush greenery.

Google Pictures.

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  • Lynn

    This was a great hike and on a perfect sunny day. It was nice to meet some new people as well as a few I already knew.

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the earlier Eagle Creek fire post - The closure looks well above where we are headed.

    October 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry Dave. But I have to back out. I am having unexpected vehicle issues. Not that those problems are usually expected. I am disappointed. It is going to be great weather. Have a great outing.

    October 6, 2012

  • Lynn

    Are the creek crossing we will be doing easy?

    September 25, 2012

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