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12.9 mile 20.8 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable


Ascent: 3,935' 1,199 m
Descent: -320' -98 m
High: 3,743' 1,141 m
Low: 126' 38 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)


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Trail shared by Todd Johnson

A challenging climb with a variety of conditions under foot and spectacular views.

Todd Johnson

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

• As of Dec. 2015 the trail is closed from the Tish Creek crossing due to a severely damaged bridge. For more details and updates check with the Forest Service by clicking here.
• Wilderness permits are required between May 15 and October 15, permits are free and self-issued.
• Generally snow free from June to September.
• Recreation Pass required at trai

Runner Notes

Be prepared for a variety of rocky surfaces and narrow sections of trail.


This trail begins at Eagle Creek Campground. There is a five dollar fee to park at the trailhead.

The first section is a gentle uphill along Eagle Creek, but within half a mile the trail becomes fairly steep. Starting about three-quarters of a mile in, there is a section of narrow trail with a steep drop and cables to hold on to, which lasts about a quarter mile.

About two miles in there is an option to take a side trail to visit Punchbowl Falls.

The trail continues following Eagle Creek under dense forest to High Bridge which traverses the gorge about 150 feet above the creek. From High Bridge the trail heads southeast to the junction with Eagle Benson Trail #434.

Six miles in is Tunnel Falls, where the trail runs behind a very large waterfall. From Tunnel Falls, the trail continues along the creek for about another mile and half to a junction with Eagle Tanner Trail #433. From there the trail leaves Eagle Creek and climbs around a ridge. You'll continue climbing steadily all the way to the trail's end at Wahtum Lake where the trail ends at Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

The trail is variously a narrow strip along exposed cliffs, smooth track through woods, rocky areas, and talus slopes.


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Aug 17, 2015
Todd Johnson 13mi

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Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
If you stop at Tunnel Falls and turn around you'll get a good 12 miles in, and miss most of the elevation that begins after Tunnel Falls. (NOTE: this trail is BUSY year round, even on week days). Apr 28, 2016
Ray F  
A month ago some idiot threw a smoke bomb along the trail and torched the forest. The trail is closed and many around it probably for the next 8 months. Oct 8, 2017

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