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Eagle Creek Trail - No. 501

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Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049
5.8 miles one-way
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
1600 feet
Elevation Range:
1600 feet to 2400 feet
Elevation Change:
800 feet
April to Late November


Eagle Creek Trail follows along side Eagle Creek itself. It is a lush, old growth, Westside Cascade environment in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Area. This is not the Eagle Creek Trail with major waterfalls – that trail is in the Columbia Gorge.Eagle Creek Trail itself is relatively flat as it follows Eagle Creek. While the trail is 5.8 miles long, the last mile of road down to the trail has deteriorated (see direction on next page) so add that mile of road to the hike distance. Trail ends at a ford across Eagle Creek that access Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information: Group size is limited to 12 including stock. For example, 3 riders each on their own horse count as 6. Leave No Trace Principles ?? Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Other Visitors ?? Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave What You Find ?? Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts ?? Respect Wildlife Noxious weeds are becoming more of a problem on the Mt Hood National Forest. To prevent from bringing non-native plants into the forest, clean your animal, trailer, truck and gear before leaving home. A few days before your trip, change your stock over to processed feed and only allow it to graze in weed free pasture.


Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Oregon features concise descriptions and easy-to-follow maps of twenty-eight easily manageable hikes within a ninety-minute drive of this gem of a city. Stroll along the banks of the Willamette River, hike to shimmering waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, or climb to Sherrard Point to see five volcanoes. Details for these and more are in this guide.

5.8 miles one-way
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
Elevation Range:
1600 feet to 2400
Elevation Change:
April to Late November
Basic Directions

From the town of Sandy, take Hwy 26 approximately 2 miles eastward, looking for Firwood Road (Shorty’s corner) on the south side of the highway. Turn south onto Firwood. After 0.8 mile Firwood will bear right at a 4-way stop. Follow Firwood another 2.6 miles to its junction with Wildcat Mt Road. Turn west (right) taking Wildcat Mt Rd for 4.5 miles. Turn left on Eagle Fern Rd. that eventually becomes George Rd and follow it for 9.2 miles. There are a few 90 degree turns along the way. Harvey Rd is will be on your right. Take Harvey Rd eastward. The pavement ends here and now you will be following a rough logging road for the next 2.4 miles. Most of the turn options have been blocked on this stretch. Stay on the main route. At 2.4 miles you will come to a “Y”, park here. The old road to the right is what you want to take. This is a very poor road – don’t drive it. It is approximately a mile down this old roadway to the original trailhead.

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