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Dry Creek Falls (Summer 2018)

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

Bathrooms: None

Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Warnings: None

Dry Creek Falls (Autumn)

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.

We have previously visited Dry Creek Falls during the summer and winter seasons, this is a great hike and we were excited to check it out during autumn with all the great colors!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: We love this hike and can’t wait to check this out in spring which will finish all the seasons!

Spring Hikes

Hope everyone is enjoying the new season! Here are some of our favorite spring-time hikes 🙂

 

If you’re looking for flowers:

Pittock Mansion

Rowena Crest & Tom McCall Nature Preserve

Lacamas Creek (Camas Lily Field)

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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Hikes that open in spring or that should be done before it gets too hot:

Larch Mountain

Painted Hills

Smith Rock

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Waterfalls!:

Tunnel Falls

Fairy Falls

Dry Creek Falls

Pool Of The Winds

Falls Creek Falls

Mist Falls

 

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Spring kayaking:

Columbia River Slough

Sturgeon Lake

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Dry Creek Falls (Winter)

Directions: Take I-84E to Cascade Locks. Take a right on Wasco St. and then another right onto Moody St., park along the road.

The trailhead doesn’t actually have a sign that says Dry Creek Falls. So look for the sign that has Pacific Crest Trail S, Gorge Trail 400, Pacific Crest Trail N, and City Of Cascade Locks. This is the starting point for this hike.

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The trail heads steadily uphill for about a mile. The first thing of note is that there are four good sized trees that have fallen in this section since our last visit. You’ll have to climb over them to make it through. There were three of us hiking and we all made it over without much of a struggle.

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After the first mile you’ll come to a split in the trail, go right and come to a power line clearing. Pass under the lines and pick up the trail again. From here the trail heads uphill briefly and then you’ll gradually start to descend down to Dry Creek. Once you reach the creek there is another split in the trail. Go right and uphill for about a quarter mile, where you’ll run into Dry Creek Falls.

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The last time we visited Dry Creek Falls was in early September so the water level was pretty low. Visiting in early January the waterfall was a lot fuller and much more impressive. We definitely recommend visiting in late fall or winter!

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Distance: 4.5 miles

Elevation: 680 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Beautiful hike that takes you to a wonderful Gorge waterfall!

Dry Creek Falls (Summer)

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.

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This relatively smooth trail takes you gradually uphill to a clearing with power lines running through it.  Past the clearing, the trail starts to get a little more rough, with lots of lava rock, and it descends gradually until you reach an intersection with a service road where you can continue across the bridge on the PCT, or walk up the road for a quarter mile to Dry Creek Falls.

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As you reach the end of the road, keep an eye out for the fire pit, and the tree with lots of shoes hanging from it.  From here you can see the waterfall.  Walk to the left, towards the waterfall, and cross the old dam, which at one point supplied drinking water for Cascade Locks.

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Head back out the way you came in.

 

Distance: 4.5 miles

Elevation: 680 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: $5 NW Forest Pass

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: This is a great Gorge hike.