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Exploring the Waterfalls of Eagle Creek Cascade Locks Oregon United States

Exploring the Waterfalls of Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek is a waterfall lover's paradise. Thirteen waterfalls are crammed into a six-mile stretch. I made the 12-mile roundtrip in November as part of a photography project I was working on. The trailhead is located very close to the Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery in the Columbia River Gorge.

The trail winds up through the canyon and, in places, is cut straight into sheer rock cliff faces with nothing separating you from the creek hundreds of feet below. Lush rainforest surrounds you, and the variety of waterfalls leaves something for everyone. Punchbowl Falls is the most photographed, Metlako Falls is occasionally run by experienced kayakers, and Tunnel Falls allows one to hike through a tunnel behind the plunging column of water. It's worth starting the hike early in the morning to give yourself plenty of time to get all the way to uppermost waterfalls and to enjoy the scenery without being rushed. If you are in the area and love waterfalls, this creek is for you.

I snapped this particular photo at Lower Punchbowl Falls. It is the smallest waterfall of the bunch, but I loved the moss, the way the currents affected the water, and the detail in the wet stone.