Looking up at Elowah Falls. (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Mar. 14, 2017: Access to Elowah Falls is temporarily closed due to a complete washout of the trail right after it splits to Upper McCord Creek. The trails to Upper McCord Falls and Nesmith Point are open for use.
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 combined hike length of 3 miles with 712-ft elevation gain. Read more about this hike. + Read More
Preserve the Wonder Hike Challenge
This spring’s hike challenge highlights the many wonders of the Gorge.