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Falls Creek Falls
North of the Columbia River Gorge is an easy hike to an amazing 350-foot, three-tiered waterfall on Falls Creek.
Like the Silver Falls area, Falls Creek Falls gets little respect. It would likely be a signature state park in most places in the country.
On a beautiful spring morning I hiked to the viewpoint of the lower falls and reveled in the sounds of the water crashing into the cavernous bowl below.
After a healthy climb to a viewpoint above the Falls, I continued another 3 1/2 miles on the trail.
After passing a nice campsite by a small waterfall, I came out into the open near a small pond created by a beaver dam.
Soon I spotted two elk feeding near the pond, with another eight to ten elk nearby. They soon saw me and began moving away. Even after they were out of sight, I could hear them splashing through the water.
On my way back I noticed many fairy bells in bloom along the trail, joined by calypso and striped coral root orchids. I began looking for elves and leprechauns, but had no success.
Life doesn’t get much better.