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Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.6124, -122.0044 Map & Directions
Length
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
620 feet
Highest Point
660 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate

Landslide: The trail to the bottom of Elowah Falls is closed

Elowah Falls. Photo by Bob and Barb.
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Oregon State Parks Day-Use

This hike is actual a twofer, forking to two paths each leading to a waterfall – go up to Upper McCord Creek’s twin waterfalls, or down to the towering Elowah Falls. Each waterfall has its own character and it is worth visiting both of them. Continue reading

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Hiking Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls

This hike is actually a twofer, forking to two paths each leading to a waterfall – go up to Upper McCord Creek’s twin waterfalls, or down to the towering Elowah Falls.  Each waterfall has its own character and it is worth visiting both of them.

Starting from the John B Yeon trailhead, head up Gorge Trail #400. The trail will climb a bit and after about .3 miles, you will reach the intersection. The Elowah Falls trail descends (left) into a ravine. Continue on about half a mile to a lovely a footbridge at the base of the plunge pool. Take in the 213-foot tall falls and enjoy the mist that blows off and cools this area. Note the mist can also make the bridge and rocks slick.

Back at the fork, the upper trail (to the right) leads to Upper McCord Creek’s falls. The trail will climb a few more switchbacks in the trees and then begin opening up. This route is carved into the cliff and while this feature gives the hike its character and sense of adventure, it should be approached with common sense when with hiking with young children or dogs. You will be treated to views across the Columbia River to Table Mountain, Mount Adams and other sites on the Washington side. In just under a mile you will come around a curve in the cliff, Elowah Falls (below) and the twin falls of Upper McCord Creek will come into view.   

Hike Description Written by
Kindra Ramos, WTA Staff

Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.6124, -122.0044 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Landslide: The trail to the bottom of Elowah Falls is closed

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Oregon State Parks Day-Use

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Traveling east: Take I-84, to Exit 35/Ainsworth. Turn left at the stop sign, then immediately right turn onto Frontage Rd. Drive east on Frontage Rd for 2.1 miles and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. The lot will be just before the road re-enters the highway.

Traveling west: Take I-84, to Exit 37/Warrendale. Head west on Warrendale road for about 1/4 mile. At the stop sign turn left, go under the freeway. Turn left again onto Frontage Rd. Drive 1/4 mile east to the trailhead parking lot just before the road re-enters the highway.

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Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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