Hole-in-the-Wall Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Nov 15, 2017: Trail closed due to Eagle Creek fire that started on Sept. 2. We anticipate this trail will be closed at least until summer 2018.
This new section of Historic Highway State Trail boasts views of three waterfalls in 1.2 miles! While these falls have always been accessible to hikers; now, for the first time, they are accessible from a paved, well-graded universal trail. The hike to Hole-in-the-Wall Falls is a westward out-and-back hike or bicycle ride. As it parallels I-84 you’ll enjoy a splendid view of the falls from an overlook and picnicking area. The trail continues on to Lancaster Falls, named for the Columbia River Highway’s designer and engineer, Samuel Lancaster.
In 1938, Warren Falls was decidedly threatening to wash out the Columbia River Highway, so a tunnel was blasted through the adjacent cliff, and the creek was diverted through – creating Hole-In-the-Wall Falls. Learn more by watching an OPB film on Warren Falls.
There are four waterfalls awaiting you in about a 1-mile stretch. From east to west, they are:
Distance from Starvation Creek Trailhead (approximate)
- Starvation Creek Falls (0.1 miles east)
- Cabin Creek Falls (0.3 miles west)
- Hole-in-the-Wall Falls (0.6 miles west)
- Lancaster Falls (0.8 miles west)
Other hikes leading from Starvation Creek Trailhead include:
- Lancaster Falls
- Mt. Defiance
- Starvation Creek Falls
- Starvation Creek Ridge Loop
- Starvation Creek to Warren Lake
- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org. + Read More
- Type: Out and back
- Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 100 feet
- Difficulty: Easy
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
Gorge Trailhead Passes Guide
Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities
These trails and recreation areas in and around the Gorge are open for exploring.