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Tanner Cutoff Loop Hike

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  • Start point: Wahclella Falls TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Wahclella Falls Trailhead
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Dogbone (Out to Loop and Back)
  • Distance: 13 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 3700 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: Apr-Nov
  • Family Friendly: No, too long
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

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. There's a 1/2 mile side trip here to Dublin Lake for the interested.

This hike follows Tanner Cutoff Trail down and we mean DOWN. This trail drops 2500 feet in about 3 miles of at least 18 switchbacks. At the bottom, you'll reach Tanner Creek Trail #431. Turn right and in less than half a mile, you'll reach the end of Tanner Creek Road. Walk down the closed road back to familiar territory.

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

Trip Reports

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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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