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Eagle Creek to Skooknichuck Falls

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!

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  • jeremiah

    Passed you guys on the trail yesterday, hope it was good for you guys too!

    April 22, 2013

  • William W.

    Rats! Can't make it this time. I'll hope for another chance. This sounds like a lovely hike.

    April 21, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Please bring a NW Forest Pass or Senior Pass if you have one. Otherwise, it is $5 per car at the trailhead.

    April 20, 2013

  • Mary V.

    The Cascade Locks forecast is for 57 deg, with 20% chance of rain--nice for hiking. Bring rain gear even when it says 0% chance of rain. I'm looking forward to hear what you have to share with us. If anyone is coming in the Sunset (Hwy 26 from Beaverton+), please call me about the possibility of picking me up at SW 13th & Market:[masked]

    April 20, 2013

  • Wendy

    My apologies for late cancel but have a bad cold that's not improving. Think it best I stay home and rest. Hope I can catch the next one.

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will pass on this hike this time.

    April 20, 2013

  • Vicki

    Looks like I won't be able to make it. Catch ya next time.

    April 17, 2013

  • Wendy

    This will be my first Sierra Club and meetups activity!

    April 15, 2013

    • Mary V.

      Welcome, Wendy! Looking forward to seeing you.

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Mary V.

    Please sign up on the waiting list and show up even if this trip is listed as full. Unfortunately, many people who sign up don't show up--or the cancel at the last moment. Since this trip does not quite make it into the wilderness, the only limitation is my own preference.

    April 16, 2013

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