Eagle Creek Trail is just gorgeous and magical. The round trip hike is 12 miles, but it is definitely worth even to hike up just to Punch Bowl (round trip ~ 3.4 miles). A stop off at 1.5 miles let you get a peek at the lovely Metlako Falls too. There are a few narrow sections with 500 foot pl us drop offs. If you are worried about the height, several have a cable to hold onto on the uphill side.
Punchbowl can be enjoyed from above or down below. When you finally get down to Punch Bowl Falls, the only way to see it from the end of the trail is to walk across the vast rocky stream and bingo – she is straight ahead with amazing view. Definitely plan on wearing waterproof boots or waders ! I was there around June and decided to venture into the water with bare foot. The water was still cold and the rocks slippery. It is neither a pleasant feeling to hike back 2 miles in wet shoes :)
If you are in sync with nature, there is beauty even when things come crashing down, like the waterfall :)
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