Lower Starvation Loop

MODERATE 11 reviews

Lower Starvation Loop is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles
711 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers


washed out

Paved access to trailhead from parking lot Steep climb to Starvation Ridge trail Viewpoint between Cabin Creek and Warren Creek Two creek crossings (no bridge): Cabin Creek and Warren Creek Short spur off to Lancaster Falls Hole-in-the-Wall Falls at junction with Historic Highway

3 months ago

Overall a great hike- the waterfalls and views are great! It’s more like 2.6 Miles and feels longer due to the elevation gain and few challenging spots. A few tips:
1) Wear hiking shoes
2) Bring trekking poles
3) Take the first left you come to and do the loop clockwise. It’s steeper that way- gains 500ft in 0.6 Miles- but it would be much harder going down this way due to some washed out areas and the steep and narrow trail. Next time I may just do an out and back going counter clockwise to avoid that part
4) Go a little bit on the Mt Defiance Trail (maybe 0.2mi) to see Lancaster falls, then back track to complete the loop
5) Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water... there are parts of the trail that have no cover at all
6) I wouldn’t take kids or dogs that aren’t experienced hikers on this trail due to the drop offs and loose trail surfaces

3 months ago

Good views, but lots of loose rock. Part of trail is washed out. I’d wait until it can be fixed.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great parking lot, easy paved trail to get started on. We headed up the ridge first (took the first left) and it was really steep with a few washed out places that make you take your time. We turned left at the next sign, took in the great view of the canyon, then went back to the sign and headed to the creek. We didn't have time to finish the loop so we headed back down the steep side. We'll definitely come back and finish the whole thing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016