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Upper McCord Creek Falls

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1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer loop


Ascent: 412' 126 m
Descent: -412' -126 m
High: 566' 172 m
Low: 154' 47 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Trail shared by Jessie Morris

A quick and easy out-and-back that pays off with double falls and a view of the Gorge and Mt. Adams.

Jessie Morris

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly A short out and back with some great views along the way.


The Upper McCord Creek Falls hike from the John B. Yeon Trailhead is a short and easily attainable hike to some great views of McCord Creek Falls and a sneak peek of the surrounding area.

For a lower-level view of Elowah Falls, you can make an easy 1-mile out-and-back extension to the base of Elowah Falls - continue straight where the trail splits uphill and south to McCord Creek Falls.

Need to Know

The small parking lot at the trailhead can fill up fast on busy weekend summer days, so either get there early or expect to park along the side of the road.


John B Yeon Trailhead: Traveling east on I-84, take Exit #35/Ainsworth. Turn left at the stop sign, then immediately turn right onto the Frontage Rd. Drive east on Frontage Rd for 2.1 miles and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. The lot will be just before the road re-enters the highway.

Traveling west on I-84, take Exit #37/Warrendale. Head west on Warrendale Road for about 1/4 mile to a stop sign. Turn left, go under the freeway and turn left again onto Frontage Rd. Drive 1/4 mile east to the trailhead parking lot just before the road re-enters the highway.

This hike begins at the same trailhead as Nesmith Point and Elowah Falls hikes, as well as Munra Point (from John B Yeon Trailhead). Almost immediately, keep left to follow the Gorge Trail #400 up the abandoned road. After a steep incline, you'll take a right at the fork to head up towards Upper McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the trees will open up to views of the Gorge and Mt. Adams (north in Washington). The trail is cut into the wall and has railings. You'll see Elowah Falls from the top, just before entering the forest and reaching McCord Creek Falls.

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Aug 19, 2017
Mark Horsfield
Jul 14, 2017
Robert Faz
Jun 9, 2017
Aaron Stribling
May 26, 2017
Sarah Nelson
Mar 27, 2017
Ashley Zappitelli
Mar 18, 2017
Kyle Roberts
Great hike!
Nov 21, 2016
David Hitchcock
Hiked to the top of the falls and enjoyed beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge, Elowah Falls, and Upper McCord Creek Falls. 2.2mi
Nov 18, 2016
Dann Wunderfurn
Beautiful easy short hike, absolutely combine this with Elowah Falls for a double adventure day!

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View of the 289-foot Elowah Falls waterfall on Gorge Trail #400.
May 24, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Elowah Falls.
May 4, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
You almost feel like you are in another world as you walk through the woods.
Jan 12, 2017 near Cascade…, OR
Elowah Falls, Oregon
Jun 7, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
You'll have fantastic views of the Columbia River from the trail.
Jan 12, 2017 near Cascade…, OR
Elowah Falls looks beautiful from the Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail. Great views of the falls and Columbia River Gorge can be found on this section of the trail.
Jan 12, 2017 near Cascade…, OR


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