A little navigating at the start of this out-and-back hike pays off big with a beautiful waterfall cascading from large formations of basalt. And although it's not devoid of people, the crowds are noticeable reduced compared to other gorge waterfalls. Enjoy!
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall
Family Friendly: Once you're past the road crossing at the start, this easy hike is a lot of fun. Especially with a waterfall waiting at the top!
Getting to the trail requires a tiny bit of effort as the route navigates the roads of Cascade Locks. Don't worry, you'll soon find you way to the singletrack.
From the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, cross the road and begin following the trail that parallels the freeway. Ahead, follow Moody Street under I-84 and stay with it until it heads to the left. From there, a short distance along a gravel road brings hikers to the Pacific Crest Trail and Gorge Trail #400. Take the left option onto PCT Leg 3 Cascade Locks to Herman Creek
The grade steepens a bit, but remains gradual for the remainder of the hike. After about a mile of climbing through a pleasant forest the route follows a power-line access road before returning to singletrack. A gradual half-mile descent leads to the Dry Creek Service Road
. Turn right on the road to complete the brief and final leg to the falls.
Dry Creek Falls is a rather striking stream of water that spills out between towering formations of striated rock. The motion of the water doesn't stop as babbling channels flow from the base of the falls to add to the sight and sounds of this mossy grotto. After you've enjoyed your fill of the view, simply retrace your way back to the trailhead.
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