Punchbowl Falls Hike

Punchbowl Falls Hike

The Punchbowl Falls hike is one of the most beautiful hikes in Colombia River Gorge. This hike has waterfalls, cliffs, and scenery straight out of the Lord of the Rings. It's easy to understand how Punchbowl Falls is a local's favorite.

Rating:
5 / 5
Distance:
3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
580 ft (177 m)
Trail Condition:
Marked trails
Challenges:
Crowds, cliffside walk (with handholds)
People:
Crowded
Known For:
Waterfalls, views
Best Time:
Weekdays, mornings
Dogs:
Leashed
Bathrooms:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Hike Weather:

Punchbowl Falls Hike Trail Maps

Google Maps trailhead:
74162 NE Eagle Creek Loop, Cascade Locks, OR, 97014, USA

Hike Location

Punchbowl Falls Hike location
The Punchbowl Falls hike starts in the Columbia River Gorge hub of Cascade Locks, OR. It's about 1 hour east of downtown Portland.

3D Hike Map

Punchbowl Falls Hike 3d map
The hike to Punchbowl Falls gently climbs along the Eagle Creek Trail #440.

Hike Elevation Profile

Punchbowl Falls Hike elevation
The hike climbs up above Eagle Creek, then you descend down to the falls.

Interactive Hike Map

Punchbowl Falls Hike Map Downloads

Download a GPX file to use on your GPS device. GPS devices are great to plan and follow routes, and there are tons of free electronic hiking maps that you can use. But don't rely solely on electronic navigation, always have a paper backup. Print out the PDF below, get a topo map, and/or print these directions.

View a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Punchbowl Falls Hike Directions

Punchbowl Falls Hike

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What to Expect

Turn by Turn Directions

Eagle Creek trailhead
The Eagle Creek trailhead is at the far end of the lot by the little shed.
Eagle Creek Trail
Don’t go down the trail to the shed, keep hiking left onto the Eagle Creek Trail.
Punchbowl Falls Hike trail
The trail winds up along the side of Eagle Creek through a wonderland of cliffs, waterfalls, and lush vegetation.
basalt cliffs in Eagle Creek valley
Take time to admire the view of basalt cliffs across the Eagle Creek valley.
Eagle Creek
Eagle Creek flows below. Make sure you stay safely on trail.
Punchbowl Falls Hike trail
After about 1.3 miles there is a turnoff to the right. Continue hiking left, or make a side trip down to the view and come back and continue.
Punchbowl Falls Hike trail crosses creek
At about 1.5 miles, you’ll hike across a little creek.
Punchbowl Falls Hike trail
At about 1.6 miles, there’s a grove of trees. The main Eagle Creek Trail continues left. To go to Punchbowl Falls, hike to the right, through the trees to a trail down to the creek.
signs warning against jumping off of Punchbowl Falls
You’ll see signs warning against jumping off of Punchbowl Falls.
cris hazzard at punchbowl falls
Hike down the hill and you’re at Eagle Creek, above Punchbowl Falls!
scenery around Eagle Creek and Punchbowl Falls
Make sure you explore, create a rock sculpture, and poke around the spectacular scenery around Eagle Creek. When you’re done, hike back the way you came.
Punchbowl Falls
Stop at the viewpoint turnoff on the way back to see Punchbowl Falls. It’s worth it!

A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.