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Twister Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

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Twister Falls (Jeff Statt)
Looking due North from the top of the falls at the sometimes precarious trail (Tom Kloster)
Looking down the twisting cascade (Tom Kloster)
Twister Falls with more water in it (Jerry Adams)

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Description

Twister Falls is an impressive two-tiered falls near Tunnel Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. It is the last major falls along the Eagle Creek Trail. It is also the tallest by more than 50 feet! Most hikers will never see the full front-end view of the falls - as it would require a difficult and often dangerous creek traverse. The main trail only affords the passerby a view of the much shorter, but very distinctive upper tier.

Twister Falls suffers from an identity crisis. The geologic survey has never officially named the falls. Some book authors have named it "Eagle Creek Falls" (and the name has gotten some legs) but they've also been referred to as "Crossover Falls", "Crisscross Falls" and "Bowtie Falls" in various hard copy and online resources, certainly all in deference to the criss-cross nature of the upper cascade.

If you have ever hiked to Tunnel Falls you may be surprised to hear how close this is! It is certainly worth the extra 1/2 mile round trip, if not for the falls, but for the breathtaking gorge path leading up to it. Hikers refer to this narrow stretch of trail as the "Vertigo Mile" due to the dizzying 200 foot drop-off. For some, this is the most beautiful portion of the trek.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Hiking Oregon's Geology, by Ellen Morris Bishop
  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • 60 Hikes within 60 miles of Portland, by Paul Gerald
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • A Waterfall Lovers Guide to the Pacific Northwest - 3rd Edition, by Gregory Plumb
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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The creek just upstream of the falls (Jeff Statt)
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