Eagle Creek, OR, USA
The True Land of OzL. Frank Baum could not have dreamed up a more magical adventure than Eagle Creek. The narrow trail follows a gentle incline along the titular creek, taking hikers along a narrow cliff edge, through forest and to the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls.
Along the way, spring water trickles over the rocks in thin falls, creating the perfect climate for thick green sheets of moss and ferns. Vertical meadows of wildflowers bloom along the cliff face in the spring.
Take this trail slowly or you may miss beautiful groves on the far side of the valley created by very tall, thin waterfalls and gravity-defying stands of maples on the cliff face over head.
Hikers of any experience level or age should have little trouble making the three-mile walk to Punch Bowl Falls, an appropriately-named natural wonder viewable at both basin-level and from above.
The combined natural features on display at Eagle Creek make it one of the most accessibly beautiful hikes in all of Oregon.
The cliff portion has a steel cable you can clutch if you're prone to vertigo.
Planning ahead: Take Exit 41 on I-84. The parking lot is within a mile of the exit. The trail is closed in the winter. In the early Spring, parking is $5. Through summer, parking is $10. Pets are welcome on leashes.