East of Portland and southwest of Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the 13 mile Eagle Creek Trail (#440) runs up a narrow canyon past 11 waterfalls. This is a wide, well-travelled path climbing gently past several water falls through lush, verdant pine forest above Eagle Creek.
To reach the trailhead from Portland, head east on US84 to Exit #41. Turn right into Eagle Creek Campground and look for the trailhead signs.
Eagle Creek Trail is the most popular trail in the Columbia Gorge. It traces the line of Eagle Creek through the forest and along paths carved into basalt cliffs. An easy hike, Eagle Creek Trail offers spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls. On parts of this trail, there are sheer cliffs with no guard rails, so this hike may not be suitable for children.
The trail features include the following: Punch Bowl Falls, where water spills 25 feet into a blue-green pool set in a large grotto; High Bridge, which traverses the gorge 150 feet above the creek; and Tunnel Falls, where the trail passes through a tunnel behind the shower of falling water. Some sections of the trail are carved into basalt cliffs.
Note: This trail receives pretty heavy usage, especially on the weekends. Try to get out early on weekdays if you are looking for any type of solitude.
Overall, Eagle Creek Trail is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Oregon.