Pacific Crest Trail: Cascade Locks to Eagle Creek

Looking for a spectacular dayhike near Portland? Most thru-hikers follow this alternate path, which passes a dozen large cascades, including walk-behind-it Tunnel Falls. "For a ways," says Jack Haskel, our PCT map contributor, "the trail is blasted out of 200-foot cliffs with only some cables to hold onto."
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Looking for a spectacular dayhike near Portland? Most thru-hikers follow this alternate path, which passes a dozen large cascades, including walk-behind-it Tunnel Falls. "For a ways," says Jack Haskel, our PCT map contributor, "the trail is blasted out of 200-foot cliffs with only some cables to hold onto."

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.2

Waypoints

PCT1330

Location: 45.5630302429199, -121.856178283691

Camp site and good turnaround spot

PCT1331

Location: 45.584903717041, -121.852020263672

Tunnel Falls: Take time to enjoy incredible, cascading waterfalls.

PCT1332

Location: 45.5889167785644, -121.860298156738

Pass Blue Grouse Campsite

PCT1333

Location: 45.5889511108398, -121.860450744629

Pass camp

PCT1334

Location: 45.590950012207, -121.862785339355

Bear L @ jct., continue heading NW

PCT1335

Location: 45.5921516418457, -121.865684509277

Creek crossing

PCT1336

Location: 45.5940818786621, -121.868064880371

Pass camp

PCT1337

Location: 45.5959510803223, -121.871063232422

Pass Wy'East Campsite on L

PCT1338

Location: 45.5992851257324, -121.877349853516

Pass camp

PCT1339

Location: 45.6002655029297, -121.878036499023

Cross 4 1/2 Mile Bridge

PCT1340

Location: 45.6041984558106, -121.880218505859

Pass camp

PCT1341

Location: 45.6077156066894, -121.882019042969

Pass camp

PCT1342

Location: 45.6082649230957, -121.882598876953

Cross bridge over impressively deep and steep slot

PCT1343

Location: 45.6161842346191, -121.887130737305

Cross bridge over side creek

PCT1344

Location: 45.6216316223144, -121.89331817627

Cross bridge over Tish Creek

PCT1345

Location: 45.6222152709961, -121.894714355469

Pass overlook; continue NW

PCT1346

Location: 45.6270332336426, -121.896781921387

Spur on L to Metlake Falls overlook

PCT1347

Location: 45.6379508972168, -121.919799804688

Stay straight @ Eagle Creek trailhead

PCT1348

Location: 45.641284942627, -121.925003051758

Turn R @ paved road onto the Gorge Lake Trail toward Cascade Locks

PCT1349

Location: 45.6435317993164, -121.923347473145

Follow the bike path NE to Cascade Locks

PCT1350

Location: 45.6627502441406, -121.898017883301

To continue on the PCT, cross the Columbia River on Bridge of the Gods; turn L @ end of bridge; begin Washington section of the PCT. Optional trip to Cascade Locks: The Char Burger restaurant is a great hiker hangout

PCT1351

Location: 45.6654090881348, -121.895713806152

End @ Cascade Locks.

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Cascade Lock Post Office

Location: 45.6643333435059, -121.896392822266

Hikers outside of the post office during resupply. ©Jack Haskel

Tunnel Falls

Location: 45.5854187011719, -121.852378845215

For scale, look at the little red dot—that's Jack. ©Jack Haskel

Jack at Tunnel Falls

Location: 45.5845947265625, -121.851760864258

©Jack Haskel

Heading into Eagle Creek

Location: 45.574634552002, -121.852378845215

©Jack Haskel

Tight Ledge

Location: 45.5806083679199, -121.852226257324

A PCT'er walkes on the narrow trail above Eagle Creek. ©Jack Haskel

Waterfall

Location: 45.5782661437988, -121.852226257324

©Jack Haskel

Tunnel

Location: 45.5870590209961, -121.856918334961

A PCT'er squeezes through a blasted-out section of trail along Eagle Creek. ©Jack Haskel