7.4 miles RT, 800 feet elevation gain
Wander the Eagle Creek Trail (built in the 1910s) for 3.7 miles to the Tenas Campground for a lunch stop across the way from Skooknichuck Falls. Along the way we will view Metlako Falls, Punchbowl Falls and Loowit Falls and make a number of natural history stops.
As author Bill Sullivan explains, the trail is "something of an engineering marvel. To maintain an easy grade through this rugged canyon, the builders blasted ledges out of sheer cliffs, bridged a colossal gorge, and even chipped a tunnel through solid rock. . ."
This trail really does have eagles--come hear my story. . . It also has ancient trees, hanging rock gardens, a diversity of wildflowers and other flora--and some steep drop-offs (though the worst of that has a cable handrail).
As is common on my hikes, share your knowledge of local natural or cultural history--so do some homework. I'll share mine too, so this trip will go at a moderate pace with stops for interpretation and photos. We'll even take time to sit silently for a short while.
Bring your Flower Frenzy card if you are participating in this FOCG competition as we will find a number of wildflower species. Call Mary at[masked] (land line) with questions.
Dress in quick-drying layers--no jeans or other cotton. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, poles, and other 10 + 4 Essentials for safe hiking (see Files under More). Bring money for drivers, $2-3 voluntary donation for Sierra Club's Leader Training program and money for an optional stop on the way home.
Let's stop in Cascade Locks for a drink on the way home!