Dry Creek Falls via PCT

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Dry Creek Falls via PCT is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 830 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Directions from Stevenson: Travel west on State Highway 14 for approximately three miles, just past the Bridge of Gods, to the trailhead.

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blowdown
muddy
scramble
8 days ago

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24 days ago

Fun and easy hike - also for families with smaller kids. The first half mile is a little bit noisy (from the highway) and there are a few muddy spots, but afterwards it gets peaceful and quite pleasant. The waterfall is pretty and is situated in a small amfitheater.

I went to the pinnacles and bipassed the falls. Awesome setting. It was foggy today, it was settling into the trees...but it was very beautiful, peaceful, and not too cold .

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muddy
29 days ago

Rained today so yep it was muddy, but not bad. You do hear 84 at the start as it’s close to the highway, but only for maybe a 1/2 mile. Pretty easy hike, great waterfall

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rocky
30 days ago

Trail was Muddy at times and Rocky easy to walk and very enjoyable make sure to stop every once in a while to enjoy the large Douglas furs that line the trail into the waterfall

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muddy
1 month ago

well marked.

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1 month ago

A great beginning/moderate hike with very gradual elevation climb. Beautiful waterfall!! evidence of the 2017 fire still very obvious

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2 months ago

Relatively quick & easy hike. Lost some points with me, because the trail just really isn’t outstanding - but the waterfall is gorgeous! Took both our pups, this was my GSD’s second time here, & it was very enjoyable for them.

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2 months ago

I did more a loop, returning to Cascade Locks (Thunder Island Brewery!) by way of the Dry Falls Road. The upper half of the that road trail was really nice, the lower have was meh (road turns to load rock/gravel and a few clear cuts). As for the main trail up to the falls, I enjoyed it for the most part. No real views and a lot of the undergrowth was affected by the burn, but still a pleasant, easy hike to the falls. The falls we nice, but nothing outstanding. really appreciate the the hike is easily accessible from cascade lakes (and thus easily accessible via the Gorge Express bus that runs between Portland and Hood River).

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rocky
2 months ago

Is actually Red Bluff Trail. Beautiful day, lots of fallen leaves, many muddy puddles that were tricky to skirt. Trail is one-time road, quite rocky in spots. Close up views of Red Bluffs!

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3 months ago

Great trail with hardly any foot traffic. Just follow signs for PCT because there aren’t signs for the falls. However, this is a really great day hike. Mostly uphill going out which makes the back trip quite easy. Tiny glimpses of views but mostly tucked under tree cover. Saw deer, slugs and birds. Would totally do this hike again.

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3 months ago

Great hike! I parked at The Trail of the Gods Trailhead parking lot, crossed the street, and got on the PCT (this trail follows the PCT - you won’t see signs for “Dry Creek Falls Trail”. It’s easy to moderate going up due to a slight incline. The trail was super easy to follow. The falls are very pretty!

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muddy
3 months ago

Such a great day hike!

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Visited 9/17/19 saw no one on the trails, but did see multiple tent campers (probably people hiking the pct). Dry creek falls via pct 5.80 miles in 3hrs 20mins total time and 50 mins stopped time with 1071ft elevation gain. Picked up 6 bags of dog poo, please leave the trail better than you found it. Maybe 10+ parking spots here with a couple handicap spots. Bathrooms are clean (flushing toilets), covered picnic area with a couple trash cans. Large grassy area under a canopy of trees. Started at bridge of the gods trailhead (open 24/7), trail is right before you cross bridge of the gods. There are a couple street crossings that can be confusing in the dark. Trail is in great condition. Hike to the falls via pct is easy. Saw a frog. Dry Creek falls gorgeous and a must see gorge hike! Go up hill on dry Creek road till it dead ends then go across the cement walkway/bridge for best views of falls. You need a NW Forrest pass/America the beautiful pass to park here or can get a day pass online.

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4 months ago

It is a bit more challenging than “easy” due to the uphill portions. Clear path. Excellent directional signs. Nice to have a destination - the falls at the end.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

September Tuesday, afternoon The directions to the trailhead from AllTrails in Apple Maps takes you literally to the start of the trail. It is a gravel road that continues into private property. I parked in the neighborhood just before and walked a short distance to the trailhead and began the hike. The trail wasn’t too crowded. I saw 2 other day hikers and a handful of NOBO PCT hikers. The trail looks to be recovering from the 2017 Gorge Fire pretty well but watch your step for exposed roots and keep an eye on some of the burned trees (especially on windy days). Some of the soil is looser than expected in the rocky parts but definitely doable. I’d recommend a trail runner at least if not a hiking shoe/boot. The trail is easy to follow - just stay with the PCT signs when you get to the construction area. The falls were lovely and created a nice, cool breeze. I say on the edge of the concrete bridge and admired it for a bit.

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rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Just to the falls ..4 miles out and back and roughly 2 hours hike time. Not the biggest falls you’ll see out here but still worth the hike. Watch out for the horse apples on the trail..

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rocky
4 months ago

Good trail . It is a section of the PCT so easy to follow. Forest trail with limited views of the river however the waterfall is very nice. Steady flow of hikers and dogs but today wasn’t overly crowded. Could get the felling of solitude in the woods most of the time. Quiet. Easy is a good rating and the distance is a bit further then listed. I wore lite boots but tennis shoes would do on the rocks okay.

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rocky
4 months ago

Busy trail this time of year. But nice waterfall at the end!

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4 months ago

Beautiful trail with a wonderful waterfall at the end. Even though there is fire damage it is still a great hike

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5 months ago

One of my favorite easy morning hikes with a gorgeous waterfall. Nice and flat and great for my old pup to do.

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rocky
5 months ago

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