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Tenas Camp

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

(Redirected from Skoonichuck Falls)
Skoonichuk Falls on Eagle Creek, near Tenas Camp (Jonathan Ley)
Tenas Camp (before the trees fell down) (Brett Costley)
The top of Skoonichuk Falls from a short spur trail (Tom Kloster)
Old sign at Tenas Camp (Steve Hart)

Description

Tenas Camp is the first campsite you come across on your way along the Eagle Creek Trail. Prior to this point, camping is prohibited. As of the spring of 2017, however, the campsite has limited accessibility because two enormous trees have fallen across what used to be the larger and more level of the two tent sites. A second smaller and more sloping site is still accessible, but it is now enclosed on one side by a muddy root ball. Since there is limited space here now, do not plan on being able to camp here.

Formerly, the site had room to contain 3-4 tents and, although it contains a fire ring, campfires are not allowed. This is a nice site due to it's proximity to High Bridge and Skoonichuk Falls, but there is no easy water access. On summer weekends you can count on this site being full, but there are several more sites on this section of trail between High Bridge and 4 1/2 Mile Bridge. Watch closely as a few are off an easy-to-miss spur. As you get closer to 4 1/2 Mile bridge the sites get closer to the water.

There are several nearby notable points, but the most noteworthy is Skoonichuk Falls. The view from the main trail, however, is pretty meager. There are two difficult ways to get a better look at it. Just after passing Tenas Camp while heading due south on the Eagle Creek Trail watch for a small spur trail to your left. It drops elevation quickly and drops you near the top of the falls. The view is not the best, but it provides the best access to water from Tenas Camp. One must take extra caution when trying to pump and filter water from strong rushing currents here.

The second way to see the falls by backtracking toward the trailhead a bit. There is a trace of path heading off into what seems like nowhere. Follow the path while you can, and be careful! This is a partial bushwack. This will get you down to the creek near the base of the falls, given you a head-on view that few ever get to see.

The Forest Service discourages people from going off-trail in Eagle Creek and other places in the gorge. If you feel compelled to try one of the options listed here, take extra care to minimize your impact.

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