Class: V – V+
Portages: 0 – 1 (Depending on how big of a waterfall you want to run that day).
Shuttle: Human powered- Hike up 4 miles and paddle back to your car. A Northwest Forest Pass is required at the take-out.
Put-In: Hike up 4 miles to Skoonichuck Falls or keep going another 2 miles, up to the confluence with the east and west fork. There is another 40 foot drop up there that can be a put in as well, with some quality read and run boulder gardens as you work down to Skoonichuck Falls.
Take-Out: Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery – Exit 41 on I-84 east bound only.
Kayaking Metlako Falls on Eagle Creek, OR
May 30, 2009 Rafting on Eagle Creek
On May 30, 2009 a small crew of Rafters and Kayakers hiked up Eagle Creek in the Columbia Gorge and put on above Skoonichuck Falls. The perfect day and lots of fun! Check out the video.
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Tyler Bradt & Ian Garcia standing above Metlako Falls
Ian Garcia – rolling in – Metlako Falls
– March, 2008
Austin Rathmann scouting Skoonichuck Falls, Eagle Creek, OR
Last weekend was quite an adventure here in the gorge. Saturday started out with a large crew including a small group from Seattle and no one backing down from the surprising 3.9 feet on the Little White when we arrived at the put in. The day ended with the LVM 25 premiere in Hood River, thanks to Stacey Johnson for organizing the event, and the next day a large group including Nick Hinds, Scott Waidelich, Ben Hawthorne, Paul Gamache, Jesse Becker, Jason Schroeder, Christie Glissmeyer, Austin Rathmann, and I hiked up Eagle Creek for a high water adventure. There was plenty of action, broken paddles, and humbled paddlers. At the end of the day everyone involved was more than happy to be at the take out…here are a couple still images taken by Paul Gamache and Jesse Becker…
Austin dropping in
Austin, free fall
Christie Glissmeyer steppin up to Skoonichuck
Christie from the bottom
Austin and Scott Waidelich taking a break below the warm up drop
Skoonichuck proved once again to be one of the toughest put in rapids here in the gorge and received a 50/50 rating by those who dropped in at this flow.
– March, 2007
Once again I found myself on Eagle Creek, OR for Jason Schroeder’s Birthday run. Jason, Keel, Jarred and I hiked 4 miles up in the rain to Skoonichuk Falls. We had a med/low water level which was perfect since we did’nt do a pre scout to check the level.
Keel Brightman scouting the put in drop, Skoonichuk Falls, Eagle Creek, OR
Keel dropping in.
Jarred Jackman contemplating the put in drop.
Jarred fires off Skoonichuk Falls.
Keel doing his annual run then jump off Skoonichuk.
Jason, Jarred, and Keel deep in the gorge on Eagle Creek.
Keel on the ledge drop just upstream of Punchbowl Falls.
A brief look at Metlako Falls on the hike out.
We finished off the day at the LVM #22 premiere in Hood River.