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Dan Jacobs
City: Washougal
State: Washington
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 13, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Mar 17th, 2013
Start: Eagle Creek Trail head off I84
End: Tunnel Flass
Daily Distance: 12
Trip Distance: 32.0

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Tunnel Falls

I've heard a lot about this place from reading PCT journals, and since I need a training hike anyways, I decided that a spring day with a predicted 30% chance of precipitation was just fine with me.

I really enjoyed this hike, even though my ankles were a little unhappy about it. The rain gear that I bought from the Sellwood Columbia Sportswear outlet really worked well in the constant drizzle. My pack got wet, I should have deployed it's rain cover. The items in the top pouch got damp, but the other things inside my pack stayed dry. Next time I'll remember to use the rain cover!

Eagle creek is very interesting. Near the parking area, it is fairly wide and flat, but as you continue up stream the creek is squeezed into a narrow deep canyon of solid rock. then it widens, gets squeezed agin, etc. There are many falls to view on the way up. Now is a good time to go, there is a lot of water coming down the mountain from rain and snowmelt. If you wait too long, some views will not be as good after the trees and brush leaf out.

There were many spots along the trail that were very wet, but there wasn't a lot of mud. There were a couple of stream crossings, but you don't get really wet on these unless you fall in or want to walk through them. I just waded through them. I really like how the New Balance 1010's squeeze water out of them as fast as it comes in. If I had to go in the creeks with Gore-Tex shoes, my feet would have been miserable! Highly ventilated is superior in my opinion.

Tunnel Falls is cool! If you can, you've got to see this for yourself! I won't spoil it too much.

The hike back is always great. Getting to see the things you didn't see going the other way is interesting to me, as much as heading out I like heading back.

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