©Greg Lief
©Greg Lief

Elowah Falls

Western Gorge, oregon

At Elowah Falls, McCord Creek crashes into a huge amphitheater made up of several distinct lava flows. This is a fairly easy hike, appropriate for most beginners, leading to a 289-foot waterfall. There is a small amount of climbing involved, with a summit in the middle of the hike. Follow the trail from the parking area up to junction, veer left to lower trail.

Consider combining this hike with Upper McCord Creek Falls for a 4 mile hike with 600-ft elevation gain.

This hike is part of our Histories and Mysteries Challenge!
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Trail Map

Driving Directions

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.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: Out and Back
  • Length: 3.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 260 feet
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Restroom Facilities: No
  • Fees and Regulations: None

Features:

  • Beautiful Views
  • Waterfall
  • Wildflowers
  • Family Friendly

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,500 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain

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Contact Information

Credits

Trail maps are courtesy of NWHiker.org. Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of Portlandhikers.org.