Ruckel Creek is known for the pretty, though somewhat lacking waterfall found just below its crossing of the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway trail. However as one progresses upstream, the falls get more and more impressive. This is the lower of two mapped waterfalls about a mile above the mouth of the creek. The falls plunge over the ubiquitous undercut basalt cliffs seen so frequently in the Columbia Gorge, falling for a little under 70 feet.
- Middle Ruckel Creek Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.
Middle Ruckel Creek falls is very difficult and dangerous to access. The falls are approximately 2 miles from the parking area at the Eagle Creek Campground and are accessed from the east side of Ruckel Creek via a series of animal paths that traverse the canyon. Because of the delicate nature of the area and the markedly increased visitation the area has received, specific directions to this waterfall will not be posted. We do not recommend accessing the falls be attempted unless you are very comfortable with off-trail travel involving significant unprotected exposure and Class 3 scrambling.