Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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John B Yeon State Scenic Corridor

Elowah and Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.4 mile heavily 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: 862 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



9 months ago

Still closed. 2019-08-12

Thu Mar 21 2019

Still closed - 03/20/2019

Wed Feb 13 2019

Trail is currently closed due to the 2017 wild fire.

Sat Jan 05 2019

Trail is currently closed!!! Tried to take the pup here today but it’s all gated off!

Sat Jun 30 2018

loved this trail. see the top and bottom of a beautiful waterfall. excellent Cliff perch sections on upper trail

Fri Dec 29 2017

Fri Sep 29 2017

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

Thu Sep 07 2017

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.

Wed Aug 30 2017

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.

Thu Aug 24 2017

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

Tue Aug 22 2017

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

Fri Aug 18 2017

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

Wed Aug 09 2017

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!!

Tue Aug 08 2017

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

Sat Jul 29 2017

Great hike with beautiful scenic views

Mon Jul 24 2017

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

Wed Jul 19 2017

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

Sun Jul 16 2017

Awesome morning hike!

Sat Jul 15 2017

Great hike, some steep edges and slippery spots.

Sun Jul 02 2017

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

Thu Jun 29 2017

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.

Fri Jun 09 2017

Great falls to shoot!

Mon Jun 05 2017

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.

Sat May 27 2017

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.

Tue May 23 2017

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!

Sun May 21 2017

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.

Thu May 18 2017

Beautiful view of the Columbia River at the top. The falls were equally as beautiful.

Sun May 14 2017

Didn't do it - but wanted to let people know the elowah falls trail is closed today! The other trail is still open.

Fri Apr 14 2017

The hike was great except that Elowah was closed due to the trail being washed out. McCord was awesome though! A nice little hike up

Fri Mar 31 2017

I was stoked to hike and see both falls. However Elowah falls is not accessible right now. Roughly the last stretch ( falls in sight ) a severe washout has happened. Taking out the path way towards the falls. I did not test the edge. And I strongly suggest for your SAFETY, you try again after repairs. The risk is not worth your life! The tumble down would dump you into the river. The Upper falls are still accessible. Just take caution on the trail, severed tree trunks obtrude the path. Today I was able to go underneath. Again, just take caution especially if its muddy.

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