This is a hike AND scramble if you want to see both falls.
To get to this hike take I-84 to Wyeth (exit 51). Take a right at the stop sign and then another right onto Herman Creek Road. Take a left into the Wyeth campground and follow the signs to the trailhead parking. We did this hike in early November when the campground is closed so you have to park outside the gates, along the street.
From the trailhead follow the trail a short distance until you reach a three way junction. Take the trail straight ahead and follow the creek for a little over a quarter mile until you reach Emerald Falls. It’s a pretty small waterfall but still very pretty!
From here you are scrambling up the side of the creek to reach Gorton Creek Falls. Keep going a few feet past Emerald Falls and the trail disappears and you have to drop down to the creek.
It is best to follow up the left side of the creek. You will be gaining roughly 150 feet of elevation while you scramble. You will need to hop rocks in the creek, climb over and under fallen trees, scramble the sides of rocks and shimmy along the rock edge of the creek. We’ve done a decent amount of scrambles and this definitely wasn’t the hardest. That being said you will need to be sure footed and not afraid to get dirty. We did slip a few times which caused us to have wet and very cold feet. The scramble ends at two tiered, 115 foot Gorton Creek Falls. The secluded falls makes that messy scramble worth it, it’s very beautiful! This is an out and back trail so head back (carefully!) the way you came in.
Distance: 1.5 miles (easy)
Elevation: 165 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: No
Good For: People who are comfortable with scrambles.
Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass
Warnings: The scramble can be dangerous