Eagle Creek: Twister Falls

If you made is as far as Tunnel Falls, then you really must keep going for just a short distance along the vertigo mile and around the bluff to see one more waterfall. This one is actually on Eagle Creek and for some reason there appears to be a lot of confusion about its name.

It is sometimes called Crossover Falls, Crisscross Falls, Bowtie Falls or Eagle Creek Falls. The bad news is that it is impossible to see the entirely of this 140ft to 200ft falls, but on the day we arrived, it had an extra special treat in store for us. I am guessing that this will happen most days around noon to 1pm when the falls is kicking up a lot of spray – rainbows!

It gets its name from the way the water seems to cross over itself in the upper part of the falls. This is caused by the water having been split into two which then fall towards each other. A third part of the falls cascade down independently. There are several more stages to the falls before the water reaches the canyon below.

Just beyond the waterfall is a flat area that makes a great place to stop and have a bite to eat before heading back down the trail.

A NW forest pass is required and a day pass can be purchased on site for $5. Just so you now, there is no entrance onto I84 heading back to Portland. You have to continue east and turn around at the next exit. Similarly if you are coming from the east, you have to go past Eagle creek and backtrack to exit 41.

Brought to you by Brian Bailey

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One thought on “Eagle Creek: Twister Falls

  • June 15, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Brian, your photos are more than beautiful–your entire blog is a public service! Cheers, Sarah


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