Lancaster 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 Lancaster Falls is a westward out-and-back hike or bicycle ride. As it parallels I-84 you’ll pass over Warren Creek bridge to an overlook and picnicking spot at Hole-In-the-Wall Falls. The trail currently ends at Lancaster Falls, named for the Columbia River Highway’s designer and engineer, Samuel Lancaster. This waterfall is just visible from a viewpoint along the State Trail but for a better look at Lancaster Falls, take a hike up Starvation Ridge Trail.
The Lancaster Falls trail connects with an existing 1.2-mile section of the State Trail that runs east from Starvation Creek Trailhead to Viento State Park making for a nice 5-mile hike or bike ride.
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:
- Hole-in-the-Wall Falls
- Mt. Defiance
- Starvation Creek Falls
- Starvation Creek Ridge Loop
- Starvation Creek to Warren Lake
- Type: Out and back
- Distance: 1.6 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.