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Punchbowl Falls (West Fork)

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to Punchbowl Falls (bobcat)


Punchbowl Falls is a 10-foot waterfall in the West Fork Hood River's lower gorge. The falls empty into an attractive amphitheater, which they share with Dead Point Falls. Part of the drop was altered by the construction of a fish ladder in 1959, and the elaborate, decaying wooden staircase that leads down to the fish ladder can still be seen.

The pool below the falls has long been a popular summer destination for local youth although the cliffs above have seen their share of injuries and fatalities. Native tribes fish the pool at other times of the year.



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