Dry Creek Falls Hike

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Dry Creek Falls Hike


  • Everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius).- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • Second-growth forest of Douglas fir, bigleaf maple and vine maple.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • The only signage for Dry Creek Falls is on the Pacific Crest Trail.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • View up into a grove of bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum).- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • Dull Oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa) late in the season.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • View along Dry Creek.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • Gears from an old waterflow diversion system.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • Dry Creek Falls.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • A small cascade below the falls.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • A great place to cool off on a warm summer's day.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • A beautiful set of falls.- Dry Creek Falls Hike
  • - Dry Creek Falls Hike
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Less crowded then other Columbia River Gorge hikes.
Hike through second-growth forest.
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
710.00 ft (216.41 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Once used as a municipal water source for the small town of Cascade Locks, the falls and creek that drop from the Benson Plateau earned its name because the creek bed went dry when its flow was diverted into pipes.  Dry Creek flows again, while remnants from the original diversion system can still be seen near the base of the falls.

Although its a simple and short hike through second-growth Douglas fir and tall stands of bigleaf maple, getting on to the right trail from the parking lot can be a bit difficult, so be sure to review our directions before starting your adventure.  Once you make it to Dry Creek Falls you'll be rewarded by the sight of the 75-foot ponytail cascade and the small columnar basalt amphitheater typical of so many of the Columbia River Gorge's waterfalls.

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