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Tanner Creek 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.
Tanner Creek (Tom Kloster)
Autumn leaf trapped on a rock along Tanner Creek (Chris Markes)
  • Start point: Tooth Rock TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Tanner Creek Campsite
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 12.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 1400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Mar-Nov
  • Family Friendly: Too long
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • 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.

From the Tooth Rock Trailhead, start by walking east on the paved Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. After 2/10 of a mile, you'll come to a junction with a trail going up to the right marked by a sign that says "Tanner Butte Trail." Start up the hill for another 4/10 of a mile until the trail splits. Follow the trail to the right. At this junction is a sign marked "Trail 400/Wauna Pt/Tanner Butte Tr."

Head up this steep trail for roughly 100 feet to Tanner Creek Road. This is a 4-way junction. Look for a sign that says "Gorge Trail 400" with arrows pointing left and right. Follow the trail (which is as wide as a road and goes uphill) to the right. When this road splits, bear left (the road on the right will have two signs marking it trail #400 and 034). After that, you will cross several service roads. Continue straight on the road you're on (Road 777) until you reach the old Tanner Butte Trail #401 trailhead.

Stay on the road until you reach the its end. Here, you'll find a trailhead for Tanner Creek Trail #431. The trail heads farther up the creek valley. 0.3 miles from this inland trailhead you'll find a wilderness boundary, and just a bit farther, you'll come to a junction with the Tanner Cutoff Trail #448. Continue southward on the Tanner Creek Trail, passed a junction with Moffett Creek Trail #430. You're near the end now, as Trail #431 soon ends in a large grove of trees near a spring at the Tanner Creek Campsite. If you're day hiking, it's time to get started back, but if you're backpacking you can set up camp and relax for a while.

The Tooth Rock Trailhead creates the easiest and shortest version of this hike, but overnight parking is not allowed. Also, Tooth Rock Trailhead has a higher incidence of car prowling than other nearby trailheads. You can access this hike from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead by hiking about 1.5 mile of Trail 400 from there to Mile 1.1 on Road 777. From the Eagle Creek Trailhead, you can hike west on Trail 400 for about 1.2 miles to Mile 0.7 on Road 777. From the first Eagle Creek parking lot, you can walk along the road going west along the highway to the Eagle Creek Staircase. At the top, to your left, is a hidden junction with the old Portage Road. Hike up the Portage Road to its crest, where you'll find a short use path heading up the hill. This leads about 100 yards to Road 777 at mile 0.7.

These alternatives are explored (with maps) in the Many Ways to the Tanner Butte Trailhead.


Fees, Regulations, etc. =

  • Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider

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