Posted by: danielfee | August 11, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 08-11-2012

Punch Bowl Falls – Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Punch Bowl Falls

The Columbia Gorge between Troutdale and Hood River is loaded with great areas for day hikes. If you have time to do just one, the hike that was highly recommended in my travel book of this area was the Eagle Creek Trail, which they described as the “single best spot in the Gorge for a hike.” Multnomah Falls is a must see on your way out of Portland. But it is a high tourist area and not what you might consider a good hiking area. One of the unique falls along the Eagle Creek Trail is Punch Bowl Falls.  Eagle Creek drains into the Columbia River and out through the Gorge. As Eagle Creek cuts through a narrow channel it shoots powerfully into a large bowl that resembles a punchbowl. It is one of the most unusual falls that you will ever see. The falls are only 35 feet tall and 10 feet wide, which is nowhere close to the 620 foot Multnomah Falls. But it was this waterfall that was responsible for the waterfall classification type of punchbowl.

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