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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!