After a steep ascent, this loop rewards hikers with multiple viewpoints and three multi-pool falls. Each can be easily accessed by a quick scramble from below. None of the pools are deep enough to jump into, although each one will provide nice relief from the mid-summer heat.
To access the trailhead, first head west from the Starvation Creek parking lot alongside I-84 for a quarter mile. From there, stretch your legs, because it’s all uphill for the next half mile! After climbing nearly 600 feet, you’ll find the trail intersection for Starvation Ridge and Mount Defiance trails. Turn right at the marker and prepare yourself for a series of astounding views of the Columbia River Gorge.
You will cross both Cabin Creek and Warren Creek before reaching Lancaster Falls. At this point, you can continue up Mount Defiance or return 100 yards to the trail junction leading down towards the highway. It’s a leisurely 0.7 mile walk past Tunnel Falls (also known as Hole-in-the-Wall Falls) and Cabin Creek Falls to return to the parking lot.