Metlako Falls

Columbia Gorge, OR


Metlako Falls is the first of two great waterfalls to photograph along the Eagle Creek Trail (Punch Bowl Falls is the other). Combined with the absolute beauty of the gorge and the perfectly placed waterfall, what makes these falls special is that they appear to shooting out of the side of the rock walls like a water facet.

Each day, hundreds of people walk along the Eagle Creek Trail, but few are even aware this fantastic photographic opportunity exists, as the trail down to the viewing area is easily missed. Once you get to the end of the short trail to the viewing area (with metal cables guarding you from the drop-off into the canyon), you are shocked at what you see. Metlako Falls is a must waterfall to photograph while in the Columbia Gorge area.

For those who saw the movie “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon, the Eagle Creek trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCL) and is only a few miles from the Bridge of the Gods, where Cheryl Strayed ended her journey.


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Here’s what we provide

  • GPS Coordinates & Elevation

    We provide exact GPS coordinates (in both DDM and DD formats) & elevation with automatic links directly into Google maps.

  • Trail Difficulty (1 out of 5)

    Know beforehand what you are getting into! We provide a quick overview of the location. Is it easy, moderate or difficult to access?

  • Directions

    For each location we provide detailed directions along with a direct link to Google maps allowing turn by turn directions.

  • Best Time of Day to Shoot

    It is all about the light! We help you plan your trip and let you know if the location is a sunrise, sunset or anytime shot.

  • Best Time of Year to Shoot

    Sunrise might be best in summer or the water fall conditions are best for spring. We will let you know.

  • What Lens(es) Do You Need

    If you are hiking a long distance, weight is important. We provide which lens(es) are needed to help lighten your load.

  • Special Nuances of the Shot

    Not every place is as you might think. We provide a personal insight to the location and an approach to taking the shot.

  • Google Maps Birds-Eye-View

    For each location we provide a birds-eye view to provide a better understanding of the layout and terrain of the location.

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