Starvation Ridge Trail is a 7.9 mile loop trail located near Cascade Locks, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from April until October.
Head east along Hwy 84 to Exit 55, Starvation Creek State Park & Rest Area.
This was an awesome hike, not for a beginner though. We have hiked several trails and this one was even a challenge but we would do it again.
There are "trail closed" signs posted at several points and there appears to be some work being done at the beginning. While going up there is a lot of gravel and slippery spots which were hard as beginner. Rather than continue towards Warren Lake, I opted to make it a 3 mile loop. After the ascent there are several GREAT lookout spots for sweeping views of the Gorge. After crossing over a creek (using stones to step on), a good section of the trail is blocked by poison oak. It's possible to get through if you're careful. Later you begin a descent through a prairie that can be a bit slippery, as well. Just off the trail is Lancaster Falls. After getting back on the trail, it is a quick further descent back to the highway. Besides a little highway noise, I neither saw nor heard anyone else (even on busy Labor Day weekend). Overall, as a fairly fit beginner I struggled with this trail, but that made completing it all the more sweet.
Trail is marked as a loop, not clearly defined on the trail signs but a good hike.
Starts out very steep, lots of slippery spots. USE A HIKING STICK. Great views, great waterfalls, and a great workout.
This hike worked out to be about 7 miles the day we did it. The view of the Gorge, Dog Mountain, Wind Mountain and more. It was a good hike with good friends!
This trail will work you. It's a beast to go up and a pain descend. Recommend trekking poles to help save your knees on the way down. However, the hike does offer ok views of Mt. Adams and Dog Mountain. Great for conditioning for other peaks (I've heard this is frequented for those doing Hood, I'm using it for South Sister). Also recommend that, instead of going back down, one should continue to Warren Lake and the top of Mt. Defiance for some more views. In addition, if continues along the Mt. Defiance trail, the decent is much less steep.
Super steep at first, on parts. Okay views minus power lines. Snakes on the trail, nothing dangerous. The hike down might be though. Very steep, dry, pebbles beneath your feet make it easy to slide. Recommend poles unless your very sure-footed or have excellent shoes. It was nice and hot, first week of July. Partly shaded by forest.
We just got back from this HIKE yes caps it deserves it. It starts off steep right from the beginning and just keeps on going. The views are just incredible, at one view point we had to say to heck with it and walk right through the poison oak to get the perfect photo op (watch out for the poison oak its everywhere). The trail was in pretty good shape but the fact that it was so steep made for a few slippery spots. I would not recommend taking small children on this hike at all. At one point we were taking a break at what I call the boulder field near crest enjoying an incredible view of Mt. Adams when a group came walking by and not a one looked over their shoulder to notice the view, they just kept on going. No way would you not stop for second to look at that if you knew it was there. Just remember to look around once in awhile. This thing is grueling all the way up, and down. My knee went out right after heading down so it was a very painful trip down but still worth it. I woulld give it a 5 star but my knee really hurts lol.
Very strenuous hike down Starvation Ridge. Makes a great loop with Mt. Defiance trail. A long steep walk down Starvation Ridge and then when you reach the end, a spectacular view awaits. Then you continue down a narrow exposed trail. I do not recommend Starvation Cutoff trail, due to lots of gravel/pebbles and steep exposure.