Directions: Take I-84 East to Cascade Locks. Take a right on Wasco St. and then another right onto Moody St., park along the road.
From the trailhead follow the trail as you gradually start heading uphill through a nice forest. Previously there were downed trees but they have since been cleared out which is great. The trail stays steadily uphill for about a mile where you will come to a clearing with power lines running through it. On a clear day you will get views of the Gorge off to the left.
Continue on and the trail switches to more of a roller coaster. It’s pretty equal between gaining and losing elevation. The forest through here is very pretty and had foggy patches. We were getting a nice show of autumn color which was great! The trail comes to a junction at Dry Creek, go right and head uphill with the creek to your left as you soon reach Dry Creek Falls.
You will cross over old damn pieces and finally get to the base of the waterfall which is surrounded by columnar basalt. There are lots of places all around the waterfall to take pictures, as well as lots of places to take pictures of the creek. See if you can spot the tree full of shoes while you’re there!
Autumn is a great time to do this hike. The colors are great and the water level is flowing pretty high, while the weather is still pretty mild!
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation: 680 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass
Overall: We love this hike and can’t wait to check this out in spring which will finish all the seasons!