Directions: From I-84, take the first exit for Cascade Locks. To avoid the parking fee at the Bridge of Gods Trailhead, go past that turnoff, and turn right onto Wasco St. From here, go up to Moody St., and take another right. Moody St. goes under an overpass, and you can park anywhere along here. The trailhead is the first one on the left, as you walk up the gravel road.
This is another hike that recently reopened after the Eagle Creek Fire. It by far has the most visible damage that we’ve seen so far.
From the trailhead you’ll immediately start to see burned trees all around the trail. It’s a bit overgrown with brush in the first section but that changes pretty quickly. As you hike uphill you will come across numerous burned trees, and some that had fallen on the trail but have been cleared away. The trail itself is fairly wide and packed dirt. We noticed that it’s definitely not as thick of a wooded area as it use to be and you can see why with all the downed trees off the trail. You will come to the power line clearing and it’s still very green with very little burned area.
Once you head back into the woods the trail changes to being much more rocky, more of a typical Gorge trail. It’s more of the same with burned trees all around you and there has been some erosion on the trail in sections but it’s nothing that isn’t passable. Next you will come to Dry Creek and a signed split in the trail. Go right here up the old rocky service road where you will end at Dry Creek Falls. The waterfall itself looks really good but up on the cliffs above you can see burned areas.
As sad as it was to see all of the burned trees we did see a lot of green and new growth! It was an overall positive feeling being able to get back out onto a trail that we really enjoy and to see that it’s still there and still beautiful!
Head back out the way you came in.
Distance: 4.5 miles (easy)
Elevation: 650 feet (moderate)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass