Wyeth to Herman Creek Hike


An interesting small waterfall was my first destination on a side trail on Gorton Creek. Due to the heavy rainfall of late I decided not to bushwhack up the canyon another one-fourth mile to see another wonderful 80-foot waterfall.

It was another cold morning with mostly concrete skies, but I couldn’t help enjoying myself on the last weekend of the year.

I began the morning by parking near the Wyeth Trailhead in the mid-Columbia River Gorge. After visiting the waterfall I returned to the Gorge Trail and hiked to Herman Creek near Cascade Locks.

Typically it’s a very pleasant, well-maintained trail, but the heavy rainfalls had caused many second-growth Doug firs to fall over the trail. I did get a little tired of going over, under and around blowdowns. That’s the price to pay when hiking most trails in the winter time.

All in all, it was about 8 1/2 miles round trip and 1,000 feet of elevation gain. A nice way to spend a few hours during the holidays.

Small waterfall on Gorton Creek

Small waterfall on Gorton Creek

Indian Point (the best viewpoint in the Gorge)

Indian Point (the best viewpoint in the Gorge)

Turn-around spot

Turn-around spot

One of many blowdowns over the trail

One of many blowdowns over the trail

One of many talus slopes below the cliffs

One of many talus slopes below the cliffs

Nice footbridge over Gorton Crrek

Nice footbridge over Gorton Creek

Columbia River

A view across the Columbia River

Licorice Fern

Licorice Fern

Wind Mountain

Wind Mountain

Fresh snow on Dog Mountain

Fresh snow on Dog Mountain

 

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  1. John,
    I always enjoy your narratives and pictures, I’m looking forward to seeing many more over the years.
    Happy and a Blessed New Year

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