Waterfalls and Wild Lilies


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Dry Creek Falls

A late-March day presented the promise of a nice outing. It was a good excuse to drive to the Herman Creek Campground east of Cascade Locks.

My objective was to visit two waterfalls. I was also interested in seeing the impacts of the 2017 Eagle Creek Wildfire.

In a little over one mile I had hiked over a ridge and down to a footbridge over Herman Creek. The signs of the Eagle Creek fire were all around me.

The Herman Creek Canyon forms the east side of the 4,000-foot Benson Plateau (the Eagle Creek Canyon forms the west side.) In another mile I met the Pacific Crest Trail. Instead of turning uphill for the five-mile hike to the Benson Plateau, I continued west.

In less than one-half mile the 40-foot Pacific Crest Falls was reached, two wispy waterfalls hidden in a dark canyon.

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 before beginning the trip back to the Trailhead.

A very pleasant hike indeed!

Dry Creek Falls

Early morning sun on the trail

After effects of the Eagle Creek Wildfire

Trillium (wild Lily)

Herman Creek

Toothworts

Pacific Crest Falls

Long look over the Columbia River to Stevenson

Effects of the Eagle Creek Wildfire

Trailhead

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3 comments

  1. Thanks for taking me on your journeys to places I would not be likely to go. I love seeing all the beauty the NW gifts us and feel so grateful to live here.
    Sandy

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  2. The Cascade Locks area is so pretty! Not knowing anything about it (or Stevenson), we just spent one evening and morning here en route to Bend. I’d love to go back one day and explore more. If I can time it during on of their regattas, all the better.

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