Eagle Creek Cutoff
ElevationAscent: 93' 28 m
Descent: -1,749' -533 m
High: 4,054' 1,236 m
Low: 2,387' 728 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)
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“This trail accesses the Eagle Creek Trail from the Estacada area.”— Kathleen Walker
To get to the Estacada side of the trail (south end), from Hwy 224, turn left (east) onto Fall Creek Road and follow it for 0.4 mile to Divers Road. Turn left (north) on Divers Road and follow it for 0.3 mile to Tumala Mountain Road. Turn right and follow Tumala Mountain Road for 6.4 miles and turn left (east) onto Forest Road 4614 for approximately 6.7 miles to a small unmarked pullout on the right (east) side of the road that is lined with large boulders. The trail just off the road is the Old Baldy Trail #502. Follow this trail east (right) for about 200 feet and access the Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail #504 that heads north (left).
The trail drops into a wet drainage and follows around the bowl of the creek's headwaters before it climbs out of the drainage and up onto the 4,000 foot ridge line covered in rhododendrons. Travel along the ridge line and stop to admire the ridge line views that look over much of the Eagle Creek Canyon and Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness. The trail descends off the ridge line with intermittent drops and switchbacks. As you approach Eagle Creek Trail #501, there is a series of sharp steep switchbacks. Ignore the user trail on your left and continue towards the creek.
There is no bridge across Eagle Creek, but it is usually able to be forded using river crossing safety tips as a guide.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict