Dry Creek Falls, better than it sounds


On one of the last days of November I went hiking in the Columbia River Gorge’s rain forest.

It was  cloudy and drizzly, wonderful weather for a low-elevation hike to several pretty waterfalls.

The outing began at the Herman Creek Campground east of Cascade Locks. In a little over one mile I had hiked over a ridge and down to a footbridge over Herman Creek.

The Herman Creek Canyon forms the east side of the 4,000-foot Benson Plateau (the Eagle Creek Canyon forms the west side.) I enjoyed the exceptionally beautiful area while hiking to the west, meeting the Pacific Crest Trail about 1,000 feet above sea level. In less than one-half mile the 40-foot Pacific Crest Falls was reached, two wispy waterfalls hidden in a dark canyon.

From there it was a short transverse across a large talus slope to a group of tall, crumbly rock spires near the Trail. After exploring the pinnacles, I headed west for another 1 1/2 miles to Dry Creek.

A short distance up the Creek was a grand waterfall, dropping 70 feet down basalt cliffs. I explored the area for a while, ate a light lunch and then began the trip back to the Trailhead.

All in all the hike was 9.5 miles in length with 1,700 feet of elevation gain.  A very pleasant way to spend an autumn day.

Herman Creek

Herman Creek

Maple Trees

Maple Trees

The trail crossing a large talus slope below the high cliffs

The trail crossing a large talus slope below the high cliffs

Into the wilderness on the Pacific Crest Trail

Into the wilderness on the Pacific Crest Trail

Sword Ferns

Sword Ferns

Pacific Crest Falls

Pacific Crest Falls

One of several large pinnacles along the trail

One of several large pinnacles along the trail

Dry Creek Falls

Dry Creek Falls

Licorice Ferns

Licorice Ferns

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Absolutely breathtaking scenery, John, and your photos are wonderful, as always. I have had the pleasure of exploring the Columbia River Gorge area before, and I think it is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. Thanks for taking me back.

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  2. Beautiful photographs!

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