Upper McCord Creek Falls ©Greg Lief
Upper McCord Creek Falls ©Greg Lief

Upper McCord Creek Falls

Western Gorge, oregon

This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before entering the forest and coming to McCord Creek Falls. This is a remarkable double falls and well worth the trip. Note that sometimes on dry summer days, only one falls may be flowing.

This hike is part of our 2014 Histories & Mysteries Challenge. Let us lead you to some of the geologic and historic features that make the Gorge unique!

Family Friendly!

Trail Map

Driving Directions

John Yeon State park Trailhead: From Portland take I-84 east to Exit 35.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: loop
  • Length: 2.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 600
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Restroom Facilities: Yes
  • Fees and Regulations: NW Forest Pass


  • Beautiful Views
  • Waterfall
  • Wildflowers

Difficulty Levels

Gorge Walk/Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,200 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous/Difficult: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain


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

Contact Information

Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy at Maegan@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-2028.
Outreach Assistant Kate Lindberg at katel@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-1265.