Elowah Falls & Upper McCord Creek Falls (Summer)

Directions: Take I-84 East to exit 35. Take a left at the stop sign and then a right onto Frontage Road. Follow Frontage Road for about 2 miles to the John B Yeon parking area.

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The trail starts out passing a old water tower and continues to climb but not too steeply to a junction. We decided to head up to Upper McCord Creek Falls first, this was a good decision.

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Heading up there are a lot of switchbacks, washed out sections and weird pipes that cross the trail a few times. Overall though, the trail is pretty smooth. After the switchbacks, when you get closer to the cliffs, you’ll come to a spot with great views and a bench built into the rocks. The next part of the trail is more narrow and has a railing to keep you from falling off the cliff you are walking along. After the railing ends you are basically at the falls. Then we headed back downhill to Elowah Falls. This part of the trail is rocky and switches back downhill.

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We were really glad we chose to do Upper McCord Creek first. As cool as Upper McCord was, Elowah was definitely the better of the two. There were lots of birds at both falls, we even got to see some Swallows playing with a feather down at Elowah Falls.

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*Update* We visited these falls while they were frozen and it was AWESOME. Check out our post here.

Distance: 3.6 miles

Elevation: 400 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Great hike with two waterfalls. The views up at Upper McCord are great. Watch out for massive crowds on nice weekends.

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