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Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail

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  • Herman Creek Trailhead.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • - Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • The Herman Creek Bridge Trail.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • The bridge over Herman Creek.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • Herman Creek.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • - Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • - Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • The Herman Creek Bridge Trail joins the Pacific Crest Trail.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • View northwest toward Washington's Table Mountan (3,558').- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • Dry Creek forms the falls.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
  • Dry Creek forms the falls.- Pacific Crest Falls Hike via Herman Bridge Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to Portland. Nice bridge and stream crossing. Waterfalls. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
May become popular in the summer.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
312.00 ft (95.10 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Pacific Crest Falls is a lovely set of cascades tucked away in a narrow slot just above the Pacific Crest Trail. As is the case with many of the smaller waterfalls in Oregon, winter and spring are the best times to see them at their highest flows and to enjoy the relative calm of the area while Herman Creek Campground is closed for the season.

You’ll start on the Herman Creek Trail and proceed a half-mile to the trail junction where the Herman Creek Bridge Trail begins. Left leads to the challenging Gorton Creek Trail and Indian Point. Stay right for the beautiful walk down the Herman Creek Bridge Trail, across the sturdy bridge, and up to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Take your time through this area, as the creek, mosses, ferns, firs and hemlock combine to create a quintessential western Oregon experience. The falls themselves are just a half-mile further down the Pacific Crest Trail, where views of the Columbia Gorge really open up. From the views of Washington to the north, to the neck-craning perspectives of the gorge walls to the south, the slender Pacific Crest Trail winds through the scree and back into the woods before it finds the creek that forms the falls.

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