Lancaster Falls
Central Gorge, Oregon
Lancaster Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Hike Details
Out and back
1.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
100 feet
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details

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)
- Courtesy of Oregon State Parks
Other hikes leading from Starvation Creek Trailhead include:

Directions & Travel Tips

Starvation Creek Trailhead:  Traveling east on I-84, take Exit #55/Starvation Creek State Park and Rest Area (eastbound exit only). Traveling west on I-84, you'll continue past Exit #55 to Exit #51/Wyeth and come back east. The Starvation Ridge and Mt. Defiance trails begin at the west end of the parking lot by walking alongside the freeway. Starvation Creek Falls is east of the restrooms.