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Buck Point Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

This page is marked as a Closed Hike. Some or all of this hike has been closed by a governing body and hikers may be liable for fines or even arrest. At least part of this route may be dangerous and hard to follow, or it may cross areas with sensitive plant life or wildlife habitat. Trailkeepers of Oregon does not endorse or recommend hiking this route. When restrictions are lifted, this notice will be removed.
Western Gorge from just above Buck Point on the Ruckel Ridge Trail (Jim Sifferle)
Wauna Ridge from just below Buck Point (Jim Sifferle)
The trail begins adjacent to campsite #5 in the Eagle Creek Campground (cfm)
  • Start point: Eagle Creek TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Buck Point
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 570 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

NOTICE: This trail is closed until further notice because of damage from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Please check the list of Columbia Gorge trail closures before you plan for a hike.

The hike to Buck Point is kind of a bookend the the Wauna Viewpoint Hike. Both start at Eagle Creek Trailhead and they both climb to viewpoints of the Columbia River beneath power lines.

The hardest part of the Buck Point Hike might be finding your way to the "real" trailhead. Parking isn't available there, so you'll need to park at the Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge. You'll start by heading up the paved campground road for a bit, until you see a sign for Gorge Trail 400. The Gorge Trail climbs to the top of a bluff, then travels next to a protective fence for a ways. At a fork, take the right path signed for Buck Point. The left fork heads down to the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. After passing a second fence, you'll find yourself at Campsite 11. Walk towards the right on the road and turn left on another road at Campsite 10. Between Campsites 5 and 6, you'll find a large sign reading "Buck Point Trail"

The sign says you have 3/4 of a mile to go, but it's closer to 0.4 miles. Hike up through a series of switchbacks through the forest. Near the top, you'll break out into a power line clearing. Just past an unmarked junction with Ruckel Ridge Trail, you'll arrive at Buck Point. Enjoy the views.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass required

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • 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
  • 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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