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Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls

May 27, 2011

by Bob and Barb last modified Jun 01, 2011 04:23 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls
Region: South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Avg Rating: 4.00
Why You Should Go Now
Wildflowers blooming
Elowah Falls
This trail is described well in Craig Romano's book, "Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge.To reach the TH from Portland drive I-84 east to exit 35. Turn left toward Dobson and then take an immediate right turn onto Frontage Road. You reach the TH in 2.1 miles. After passing a leaking water tank at the beginning of the trail, you soon come to a junction with the Gorge Trail which goes right to Nesmith Pt. Veer left at this junction and in .4 miles from the TH come to another junction. Left takes you to Elowah Falls in .5 miles and right to Upper McCord Creek Falls in .7 miles. We have always gone to Elowah first. This 289 ft waterfall lies in a beautiful lush and green basin. As we reached the falls the wind became stronger so there was a heavy mist at the base of the falls. Since it is usually windy when we have hiked this trail, we always take a poncho and umbrella. However,the wind was too strong for an umbrella today. After viewing the beauty of Elowah and its basin, we headed for Upper McCord Creek Falls which has a beauty of its own. The trail makes several switchbacks gaining 260 feet taking you to a basalt wall which today had larkspur, white daisy like flowers, cliff paintbrush and white shooting stars blooming. From here you have a view of the Columbia River and Hamilton Mt. As you near the upper falls Elowah Falls can be see from above. The trail ends just above Upper McCord Creek Falls so return to the junction and turn left to return to the TH.
Crossing the bridge in the mist
Elowah Falls from the trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls
Upper McCord Creek Falls
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