Dry Creek Falls to Herman Creek
Central Gorge, Oregon
alert Trail Alert, Mar 27, 2020: Most trails in the Columbia Gorge are now closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is urging all members of the to public to stay local and give Gorge trails a break. If you can get to a neighborhood recreation spot by walking or biking, even better. Check the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or Washington State Parks websites for additional information and breaking updates.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
8.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
750 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms
Restrooms:
Yes miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
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Begin at the Dry Creek Falls Trailhead, on the Oregon side of the Bridge of the Gods. Named after its past use as the water source for Cascade Locks, this waterfall is reachable via a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail. To access the trailhead, cross the road that leads to the Bridge of the Gods toll booth and start onto the PCT. Follow the trail under the highway and up the gravel road (about 100 yards). Then turn left onto the PCT. Head slowly uphill, climbing about one mile to an access road. Turn right and follow the road for 100 yards until the trail resumes. Follow the path downward through lava boulders until you reach the creek (about 1 mile), then turn right and continue another 0.2 miles to the falls.
 
Extension from Dry Creek Falls to Herman Creek Pinnacles
To see the pinnacles, backtrack to the junction with the bridge crossing. Turn right, cross the bridge, and continue 1.6 miles on the trail to the obvious humps and return, retracing your footsteps back to your car. Total mileage is 7.6 miles.

Driving Directions

Bridge of the Gods Trailhead or Toll Booth Park:  From I-84 take Exit #44/Cascade Locks. Follow the signs to Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson. Before crossing the bridge, you'll see a wooded park on your right. This is the trailhead. Park here. Please note this trailhead is closed during the winter months. If so, park near the Charburger restaurant or under the bridge. There's plenty of parking there. The trail begins across the road (south of the trailhead), passing under I-84.