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Tanner-Eagle Traverse Hike

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  • Start point: Tooth Rock TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Eagle Creek Trailhead
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Traverse (Car Shuttle)
  • Distance: 23.2 miles one-way
  • Elevation gain: 4500 feet
  • Difficulty: Way high
  • Seasons: Apr-Nov
  • Family Friendly: Too long
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: in places


Hike Description

This hike is almost certainly a backpack, although a few people have done it as a day hike.

This hike starts in the Tooth Rock Trailhead. Start by walking back up the access road to closed Tanner Creek Road #777. Walk uphill for about two miles to the old Tanner Butte Trail #401 Trailhead.

Take Trail 401 up the hill. The trail passes four unnamed waterfalls as it climbs. There aren't a lot of views as payback for your effort, but you'll cross a power line twice, offering a a bit of open air. Above the power line look for orchids blooming in June, mostly varieties of coralroot. 2.2 miles from road #777, you'll come to a junction with the unmaintained Wauna Point Trail #401D. There's a campsite here, as well.

Continuing on, the climb moderates somewhat, but it continues up into rhododendron territory. You'll cross the wilderness boundary and 2 miles farther you'll come to a junction with Tanner Cutoff Trail #448. This trail leads steeply west down the mountain to the Tanner Creek Trail. Nearby is a junction with [[Tanner Butte-Dublin Lake Trail Junction|Dublin Lake Trail #401B that leads steeply downhill the other way to Dublin Lake. Dublin Lake provides the best overnight spot for backpackers. In another half mile, the trail picks up an old road and follows it the rest of the way to Tanner Butte. Continuing south the views open up into meadows of bear grass and huckleberries.

At trail mile 7.8 (from road #777), there's a side path that heads up to the top of Tanner Butte. Look for a sign saying "Please find scramble route to the summit". Once known as Tanner View Trail #401C, the trail is rocky and steep and it receives no maintenance. At the top the views are incredible, including Mts.. Hood, St Helens, Adams and Rainier, Chinidere Mountain, Mt Defiance, Larch Mountain, Silver Star, you name it. Take some time and soak it in.

Returning to the main trail, turn left and continue south. In a mile you'll come to a side trail to Tanner Springs which often runs try toward the end of summer. A quarter mile farther comes the junction with Eagle-Tanner Trail #433. Turn right on this trail, crest the divide and wander downhill past Thrush Pond to Big Cedar Springs, where there's another good campsite. In another couple miles, there's a ford of the West Fork of Eagle Creek, with another campsite. A mile farther brings you to Eagle Creek Trail #440.

Here, you're right at the top of all the famous action. Turn left, and travel through Twister Falls, Tunnel Falls, High Bridge and all of those famous ledges. This territory is better documented here. In about 7.5 miles, you'll reach the Eagle Creek Trailhead. If you've done a car shuttle, you can relax on the drive home. If you haven't, there's a loop alternative. Walk down the road about 1/4 mile to the Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge. Cross the bridge and walk Gorge Trail #400 3 miles back to the Tooth Rock Trailhead.

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.


Map, GPS track in jpeg format

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Northwest Forest Pass required at trailhead

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 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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