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Eagle Creek-Lower Punch Bowl Trail Junction

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Sign at the Lower Punchbowl Trail Junction (Steve Hart)
Hiker sitting at the bench at the junction (Jeff Statt)
The Sorenson Creek Crossing (Steve Hart)


This is the first obvious rest stop along the Eagle Creek Trail. There is a rather inviting log-bench at a good size clearing about 1.7 miles from the trailhead. This marks the start of a spur trail that leads down to the lower viewpoint for Punch Bowl Falls. (This spur trail is labeled "Lower Punch Bowl Falls Trail #440B" on some Forest Service documents.)

It may not be immediately obvious that this is a trail junction, as the spur disappears down the hill at the far end of the clearing. For Eagle Creek first-timers, it's highly recommended you take this option! You drop about 100 feet in a little under a quarter-mile to a nice rocky shoreline beside Lower Punch Bowl Falls. Your view of Punch Bowl Falls from this location has been the subject of countless postcards and scrapbook photos.

Many thru-hikers will skip this option, being content to enjoy the Punch Bowl Falls from an overhead viewpoint about 1/4 mile uptrail. This too features a clearing that is hard to miss. Eagle Creek Trail continues upstream toward High Bridge and Tunnel Falls.

Just before this junction, the main trail crosses a Sorenson Creek on an easy crossing made of round cement steps. A few yards below the trail, the trail plunges over 125 foot Sorenson Falls.


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