Zooming down Interstate 84 eastbound, you might very well miss this tiny park. Nestled at the base of the sheer walls of the Columbia Gorge, Starvation Creek is much more than it appears. It is a feast for the eyes and feet. Trails spreading out from this day-use park lead onto adjacent National Forest Service land and connect to the Mt. Defiance and Starvation Ridge trails. Heading east, trek along a remnant of the Historic Columbia River Highway to Viento State Park and campground. The waterfall at Starvation Creek, one of the few in this area of the gorge, is an elegant cascade admired by gorge travelers for thousands of years.

Great short loop with a little of everything: viewpoint overlooking the river, wildflowers, stream crossings, waterfalls. Easy access from the freeway, parking, and not to far off the beaten path for those who aren't looking to go full-adventure. The hike is in close proximity to the I-84, so you can hear highway traffic. The trail winds around an older transmission line that also takes a bit away from the landscape. However the view was great, Lancaster Falls is practically ON the trail, and the alpine meadow was full of wildflowers. Be aware that the climb to get to Starvation Ridge Trail is steep. I strongly advise going up that trail rather than down.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

We may have taken the wrong trail and ended up with a mix of Starvation and Defiance trails. With 4 children under 7. A lot more challenging than we expected but the kids did great and we ended up with killer views.

I did this hike last week - Thought this was a great hike! Initial climb gets you up to the views fast and there are 2 opportunities for creative river crossing (due to no bridges present). Be careful to keep track of where you are on this trail, small exposure and tons of waterfalls!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice waterfall, several trail heads here leading to challenging routes with additional falls and vistas. Parking fills fast, so come early. You don't need to pay a fee to park here. There is a paved path for biking along the highway.

hiking
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This trail was a bit off from the directions in the link above in that just prior to reaching your 16 mile mark on Winberry Creek rd BEFORE the little bridge you will see a spur rd to your left. Take that and you will see the trail head straight ahead about 50 ft. The trail itself is a workout to say the least, not for a leisure hiker. It is easy to follow until you get about 1 mile in and it becomes very over grown and difficult to see. Not much for views, and the summit is less than impressive. There is one view almost to the summit that is nicer than the summit view. Other than that, you are pretty much in dense forest, very little old growth and lots of selal brush overgrowing the trail throughout. I wouldn't choose this hike again with all the other ones this area has to offer.