We spent our last full day with Cheryl hiking up the amazing Eagle Creek trail. I think this is one of my favorite hikes.The weather was great; the sun even came out.
The trail had lots of pretty things to look at, like mossy trees and colorful pools.
Magnus got to ride on Daddy’s shoulders most of the time.
It is an interesting trail that often cuts into the cliff side and you get some nice views of canyon.
Metlako Falls, the first waterfall.
We hiked down to Punchbowl Falls. It sits in a very nice natural amphitheater with a nice rocky shore. We ate lunch here. Magnus liked sitting on the big rocks.
The creek was so full that to see the falls you had to walk out into the very cold water, but it was worth it.
Having fun by the creek:
Lower Punchbowls falls is in the same area.
We hiked a little further to see Punchbowl from above:
An often over-looked thing on the side of the trail is this petrified tree stump.
Eagle Creek is also the site of the first Forest Service campground. Built in 1915, it is no longer in use, but most of the old structures are there and you can picnic there. We also found this old picnic table amongst the trees. It is a very mossy, forgotten table.
On the way back home we stopped for ice cream in Cascade Locks, and looped back around on the Washington side of the Gorge. We made a quick stop at Cape Horn. It was a good day.
Cheryl flew out the next evening. We had a lot of fun while she was here, and we are glad she got home safely. Thanks for visiting us Cheryl!