Elowah Falls HIke

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Elowah Falls HIke


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  • Pacific starflower (Trientalis borealis).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Oregon beaked moss (Kindbergia oregana).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • McCord Creek below Elowah Falls during the winter months.- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Elowah Falls and the basalt amphitheater.- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Elowah Falls in winter.- Elowah Falls HIke
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  • False solomon's seal (Smilacina racemosa).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Unidentified aster species (help us identify it by providing feedback)- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Broadleaf stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Broadleaf stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Violet or poison delphinium (Delphinium trolliifolium).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • One of the cliff wall's endemic wildflower species, Barrett's penstemon (Penstemon barrettiae).- Elowah Falls HIke
  • View across the Columbia River toward Hamilton and Table Mountains.- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Wildflowers along the cliff trail.- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Upper McCord Creek Falls.- Elowah Falls HIke
  • Upper McCord Creek Falls in winter.- Elowah Falls HIke
  • The creek below the falls is worth exploring.- Elowah Falls HIke
Overview + Weather
Two waterfalls. Trail along a cliff's edge. Endemic wildflower species.
September, 2017: The rapidly expanding Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires have forced closures throughout large areas of the Columbia River Gorge. Updated information can be found in the following links: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ and https://gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/trail-alerts.html
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The often overlooked Elowah Falls rush just off of the Historic Columbia River Highway.  Tucked away in a giant amphitheater of basalt, Elowah Falls drops cascading water an impressive 280 feet from McCord Creek.  As you make your way through the forest, be sure to avoid the ubiquitous poison oak. Also note that trail intersection signs were missing the directional indications for Elowah Falls, so kind hikers have added the appropriate information. The hike to Upper Elowah Falls is impressive, with a single-track trail that is cut high into the basalt cliff.  Not only does this trail provide excellent views of Hamilton Mountain and Table Mountain across the Columbia River, it is also home to a plethora of unique flora.  Look for the white shooting star, poison delphinium, mountainbells, broadleaf stonecrop, and the endemic flower, Barrett’s penstemon.  This is a hike you’ll be sure to remember!

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