“named after a Native America goddess”
Metlako Falls is a waterfall on Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. It is the furthest downstream of the major waterfalls on Eagle Creek. Like upstream Punch Bowl Falls, Metlako is also in the form of a punchbowl. The falls is 101 feet (31 m) tall, though people have measured it anywhere from 100 feet (30 m) to 150 feet (46 m) tall. It is the upstream limit for salmon spawning in Eagle Creek. The waterfall was discovered and named by a committee of Mazamas in 1915 after Metlako, the Indian goddess of salmon, likely because it is the upstream limit for salmon spawning in Eagle Creek. "This waterfall is located along the Eagle Creek Trail, and at 100-115 feet is the highest waterfall along the trail. It was named in 1915 after the Native American goddess of salmon. Accessed by hiking only, approximately 1.5 miles up the trail. Height: 100-150 feet. Type: Plunge. From the Eagle Creek Campground its 1.5 miles to Metlako Falls. This would make a great day hike. Punch Bowl and Tunnel Falls are further up the Eagle Creek Trail. Fee is $5/vehicle/day, payable at the trailhead, or NW Forest Pass is required if parking at Eagle Creek Trailhead."
There's a nice viewpoint that's about 1/4 a mile away, but it's super high up, so watch any kids. If you're lucky, you might see a daredevil kayaker going over the edge.
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