Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail (CLOSED)

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Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail (CLOSED) is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop 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
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
849 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

The trail to Elowah Falls is currently closed.

hiking
3 months ago

Very Beautiful trail, (at least it was before the fire) :( Managed to do the hike to Elowah Falls in Crutches so that was a challenge to me, probably not a big challenge to someone with two good feet

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful waterfall !! Took the grand children ( 5 7 and 10) there, and it was a very easy hike for them. Have gone there about 6 times and it is a great hike on a summer or winter day.

4 months ago

nice short walk. not to much of a climb. however there is tons of children, dogs, and people in general. Also you can hear the interstate the whole walk which was a downer.

hiking
5 months ago

We only did the first fall. It was a short and fairly easy hike in a wonderful forest with a great waterfall at the end. Very enjoyable on a hot summer day

5 months ago

All parts of this trail are now open. The hike to Elowah falls he's definitely worth it and there is a swimming hole for the brave

hiking
5 months ago

Great easy hike with some wonderful views. Totally worth it and not long at all.

hiking
5 months ago

Not a bad hike. Quick. Getting down there are some muddy spots so be careful! You can definitely feel the mist from the falls very easily!!

hiking
5 months ago

Steep grades. Beautiful hike and the falls are so worth it.

5 months ago

Great hike with beautiful scenic views

6 months ago

Did Elowah then Upper McCord and followed Tomi's directions to get there. We did have to climb over and under some trees for Upper McCord which was tricky as I had a baby in a carrier but possible. Mostly shaded hike. We could hear 84 for most of it

6 months ago

Saw a few snakes. Great hike and mist from the water.

6 months ago

Awesome morning hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, some steep edges and slippery spots.

hiking
6 months ago

Fabulous hike! Trail wasn't crowded. Uneven and rocky at times. What a sight it's absolutely worth it!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect for a road trip pit stop - the trail head is right off the freeway and it's just less than a mile to reach the falls. The hike through the dense forest is magical - big ferns and everything covered in deep moss. Once you get close to the falls you escape the freeway sounds, and the falls themselves are really impressive. We met quite a few other hikers on the trail, but not so many it felt crowded, and it was great we could take our dog on this one. This trail is listed as easy, but I would say for those with small children that there is some fairly steep up and down and the path is very uneven in spots.

I found these directions for finding the trailhead on nwhiker.com a very helpful since we were just passing through and weren't familiar with the area at all:

How to get there:

John B Yeon Trailhead: Traveling east on I-84, take Exit #35/Ainsworth. Turn left at the stop sign, then immediately turn right onto the Frontage Rd. Drive east on Frontage Rd for 2.1 miles and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. The lot will be just before the road re-enters the highway.

Traveling west on I-84, take Exit #37/Warrendale. Head west on Warrendale Road for about 1/4 mile to a stop sign. Turn left, go under the freeway and turn left again onto Frontage Rd. Drive 1/4 mile east to the trailhead parking lot just before the road re-enters the highway.

7 months ago

Great falls to shoot!

7 months ago

Trail still says closed and is still closed. The new path has been cut but is obviously still being worked on and reinforced as there are many loose rocks on the outer side of the trail. If you do choose to go over the fence please be as careful as possible not to disturb the work in progress and keep to the uphill side of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Signs say trail to Elowah is closed but it is not. They have cut a new trail around the wash out. Nobody was paying attention to the signs. Lots of people out today. Some of the pipes that form a fence at the trail with the shear drop off have corroded and fallen off. I would not put any pressure on them! Great hike - Elowah and McCord.

8 months ago

The Elowah trail was closed due to parts of the trail being washed out, but the McCord trail was open. Once you get to the top, the views of the gorge are spectacular and a beautiful waterfall awaits!

FYI ACCORDING TO THE STATE PARKS SERVICE THE TRAIL TO ELOWAH FALLS IS CLOSED!!!
Plenty of people rebelled and went anyway... They all made it down and out just fine. One might say that it was worth it.

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