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Ruckel Creek

The Ruckel Creek Trail offers tremendous views of the Columbia Gorge, including Table Mountain on the Washington side, Wauna Point to the west, and Indian Mountain, Tanner Butte, and the top portion of Mount Hood to the south. It also leads to some meadows that are blanketed with a spectacular display of wildflowers in late April through mid-May. However, this trail is not for the faint of foot... most of it is unrelentingly steep, especially a 15-switchback section which can be quite disheartening.

In addition to the Gorge views and the wildflower meadows, Ruckel Creek also features several beautiful (and little-known) waterfalls. These are accessible only by very demanding bushwhacks, which are particularly strenuous when combined with the steep trail.
Calypso bulbosa
Calypso bulbosa
Calypso bulbosa
Calypso bulbosa
Fritillaria lanceolata
Fritillaria lanceolata
Indian Mountain and Mount Hood from Ruckel Creek Trail
Indian Mountain and Mount Hood from Ruckel Creek Trail
Shooting Star Meadow study #1
Shooting Star Meadow study #1
Shooting Star Meadow study #2
Shooting Star Meadow study #2
Table Mountain from Ruckel Creek Trail
Table Mountain from Ruckel Creek Trail
Wauna Point and Ruckel Ridge
Wauna Point and Ruckel Ridge
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-1
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-1
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-2
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-2
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-3
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-3
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-4
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-4
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-5
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-5
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-6
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2008-6
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-1
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-1
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-2
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-2
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-3
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-3
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-4
Lower Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-4
Middle Ruckel Creek Falls, #1
Middle Ruckel Creek Falls, #1
Middle Ruckel Creek Falls, #2
Middle Ruckel Creek Falls, #2
Middle Ruckel Creek Falls, #3
Middle Ruckel Creek Falls, #3
Ruckel Creek 2008-1
Ruckel Creek 2008-1
Ruckel Creek 2008-2
Ruckel Creek 2008-2
Ruckel Creek 2008-3
Ruckel Creek 2008-3
Ruckel Creek 2008-4
Ruckel Creek 2008-4
Ruckel Creek 2008-5
Ruckel Creek 2008-5
Ruckel Creek 2011-1
Ruckel Creek 2011-1
Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-1
Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-1
Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-2
Ruckel Creek Falls, 2011-2
Upper Ruckel Creek Falls, #1
Upper Ruckel Creek Falls, #1
Upper Ruckel Creek Falls, #2
Upper Ruckel Creek Falls, #2