Elowah Falls
Western Gorge, Oregon
Looking up at Elowah Falls. (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
1.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
260 feet
Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms:
Yes
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
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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 the junction, then veer left to lower trail.
 
Consider combining this hike with Upper McCord Creek Falls for a combined hike length of 3 miles with 712-ft elevation gain. Read more about this hike.

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 Road. Drive 1/4 mile east to the trailhead parking lot just before the road re-enters the highway.