Eagle Creek & Pacific Crest Trail Loop

Eagle Creek is considered one of the best variant routes on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon, boasting dozens of spectacular waterfalls, tall basalt cliffs, ubiquitous talus slopes, and the lush temperate rain forests characterizing the Pacific Northwest. A very strenuous backpack of 30 miles with 9,500 feet of elevation gain.

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This adventure is a variant up hill out of the Columbia River Gorge, the most scenic direction, connecting to the official Pacific Crest Trail, then downhill into Cascade locks looping back together. This loop can be hiked in either direction; however hiking up Eagle Creek is preferred due to the fantastic views. The return trek down the Pacific Crest Trail official trail into Cascade Locks on the Columbia river is less visual, but still quite satisfying.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 9,500 ft
  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West No. 428S
  • Trails Illustrated Columbia River Gorge
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