Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike

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  • Starvation Ridge Trail parking lot.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • The beginning of the paved trail.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • The first major view of the Columbia River Gorge from the Starvation Ridge Trail.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • The second major view of the Columbia River Gorge from the Starvation Ridge Trail.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • The Starvation Ridge Trail before Lancaster Falls.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • Lancaster Falls.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • Cabin Creek Falls.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • Tunnel Falls, also known as Hole-in-the-Wall Falls.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
  • A bridge over Warren Creek.- Starvation Ridge Waterfall Loop Hike
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Pros: 
Expansive views. Easy access. Uncrowded.
Cons: 
Road noise and proximity to I-84. Sections of trail are under powerlines.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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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.

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