Portland: Dry Creek Falls

This 4.2-mile out-and-back leads to a beautiful cascade that, despite its misleading name, tumbles 50 feet from mossy cliffs.
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This 4.2-mile out-and-back leads to a beautiful cascade that, despite its misleading name, tumbles 50 feet from mossy cliffs.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.4

Waypoints

DCF001

Location: 45.6623306274414, -121.89656829834

From parking lot, cross street; sign marks Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Head L and uphill

DCF002

Location: 45.6623649597168, -121.894836425781

Turn R onto paved rd., then cross under I-84. In 50 yds., turn R onto gravel trail. Begin steady but easy climb

DCF003

Location: 45.6621284484863, -121.894714355469

Turn L, staying on the PCT. Trail laces through a mossy forest with Douglas firs and vine maples

DCF004

Location: 45.6597633361816, -121.89111328125

Need a rest? Sit on large wood stumps on L. In summer, pink bleeding hearts add a shot of color to the deep-green forest

DCF005

Location: 45.6594161987305, -121.883079528809

Climb switchbacks to dirt road under power lines. Turn R; look closely for conical peak of Mt. Adams to come into view

DCF006

Location: 45.6592330932617, -121.882751464844

Turn L, staying with PCT signs. Trail enters fir forest again

DCF007

Location: 45.6608047485352, -121.875961303711

Descend into a fern-covered ravine

DCF008

Location: 45.6599464416504, -121.869758605957

R @ 4-way onto overgrown fire road. Ahead, cross the rushing flow of Dry Creek on old dam. Continue up creek

DCF009

Location: 45.6572608947754, -121.867630004883

Falls: Dry Creek plunges 50 ft. from the basalt and lava cliffs above. Great lunch spot with swimming hole (in wet season). Retrace steps to car