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Punchbowl Falls, Hood River

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Punch Bowl Falls is a waterfall on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon, United States. Eagle Creek drains into the Columbia River, with its outlet on the Columbia River Gorge in Multnomah County.

The falls is 35 feet (11 m) tall and 10 feet (3.0 m) wide. Eagle Creek cuts through a narrow channel and shoots powerfully into a large bowl that resembles a punchbowl. This waterfall was responsible for the waterfall classification type of punchbowl.

These falls are not to be confused with another set of falls with the same name, found in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada near Miette Hot Springs.

In 2017, cliff on the left side of the creek collapsed between Punch Bowl and Little Punch Bowl Falls in 2017. Debris from the landslide changed the stream's flow between waterfalls.

A little up the river, there is a dilapidated wooden staircase leading to a concrete fish ladder.

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  • Not sure if this is open after the 2017 fire but if it is it is worth the 2 mile hike back to it. The trail can be scary at times with a huge drop off on one side and a rock cliff on the other of a 2....  more
    Not sure if this is open after the 2017 fire but if it is it is worth the 2 mile hike back to it. The trail can be scary at times with a huge drop off on one side and a rock cliff on the other of a 2....  more »
  • I love this spot. The hike to the falls is not so rough that you'll break down and cry and offers some big drop-offs in places. The water is cold-cold-cold so if swimming and hanging out, pack a... 
    I love this spot. The hike to the falls is not so rough that you'll break down and cry and offers some big drop-offs in places. The water is cold-cold-cold so if swimming and hanging out, pack a...  more »
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  • The hiking here is exceptional, but the actual Punch Bowl Falls itself is pretty underwhelming
  • Awesome hike along the Eagle creek with a reward of beauty on each waterfall

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