Tunnel Falls is a unique tunnel behind a beautiful waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. Pass several other waterfalls while you hike through lush forests a trail built into the cliffside.

This hike begins at the Eagle Creek Trailhead. This is the same trailhead that goes to popular Punchbowl Falls. The trail to reach Tunnel Falls is 12 miles roundtrip on an out and back trail. If you continue another 0.5 miles on the trail after Tunnel Falls you will reach Twister Falls. The hike takes you past several other waterfalls on the way to Tunnel Falls including: Punchbowl Falls, Metlako Falls, Loowit Falls, and Skoonichuck Falls. The hike also goes along a cliff and is literally built into the side of the cliff at some points. There is a railing to hold onto for peace of mind.

The most unique part about Tunnel Falls is the tunnel behind the falls. You can also do some exploring at the base of Tunnel Falls if you make your way down the steep embankment before you get to the tunnel.

Pack List

  • Water shoes (If you plan to do any exploring around the falls)
  • Plenty of water (it is a long hike)
  • Camera and Tripod
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RT Distance 12 Miles
Elevation Gain 1640 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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Currently closed due to the eagle creek fire.

Waterfalls Galore

You see several waterfalls on this hike,

One of the best Gorge hikes

The hike takes you across a river canyon over a high bridge. Bring your camera! Many things to see along the trail. Make sure to buy a parking pass before you go because you will be forced to pay anyways if you do not (the fine for us was $5)


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