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This is a photo of Tunnel Falls, a pretty cool 130-foot waterfall in Oregon. Tunnel Falls is the fifth waterfall encountered on the Eagle Creek Trail (you can see a sixth if you're up for a relatively easy 16-mile day hike). In the picture, you see the waterfall (the big white thing), the tunnel itself (there's a tunnel that goes through the rock behind the waterfall), the trail, and the cable hand-rail to keep people from slipping into the chasm.

One of the most interesting things about this trail is that most of it was dynamited out of the rock walls. This was done during the 1930s during a depression-era make-work program run by the US Government (I can't remember if it was WPA or CCC). The trail was built at the same time as the Columbia River Highway project, which was why the dynamite was readily available. The idea was to blast a trail out of the rock to make the easiest route possible to the waterfalls, so the trail itself is pretty gradual and easy -- unless you don't like heights, in which case it could be pretty intimidating. You spend a lot of time on two-foot-wide trails immediately above 100-foot-tall sheer rock cliffs.

Tunnel Falls was my favorite waterfall on the trail -- its height makes it amazing and there's something unreal about walking through a tunnel immediately behind a waterfall. It's located just on the Oregon side of the Columbia River very near the Bonneville Dam.

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  • Copyright: Brian Dunn (bdunn02) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 24] (73)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-30
  • Categories: Natura
  • Camera: Canon A710 IS
  • Naświetlenie: f/2.8, 1/80 sekund
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-02-10 13:50
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