View of the Columbia River from Starvation Creek Ridge trail (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Jul 12, 2018: The Starvation Ridge Cut-off trail (#414B) is closed due to a complete trail washout and rock slide. Do not attempt to get anywhere near the marked slide barrier or navigate around the slide area. View map of closure.
Start this hike by hiking on the new section of the Historic Highway Sate Trail that runs alongside I-84 for about 1/10 mile. After hiking another 1/10 mile, you will come to a junction with the Starvation Cutoff Trail (#414B). Turn left here and head up the hill. It's easy to miss so this turn-off so pay attention. The junction is before Cabin Creek Falls. We encourage you to hike the loop in a clockwise direction (as described here) as it is safer to go uphill than downhill.
The trail begins a steep ascent—really steep. Once you reach the top, the trail intersects the Starvation Ridge trail (#414). Turn right onto this trail and cross Cabin Creek. You will continue to climb from here up to the Starvation Ridge viewpoint. A gentle descent will take you through meadows that are filled with wildflowers in the spring, and down to a Warren Creek Crossing. At the junction with the Mount Defiance Trail, turn left here and head up the Mount Defiance Trail a short distance to Lancaster Falls. When you're done here, head back the way you came to the last trail junction. Continue down the Mount Defiance trail toward the trailhead. Soon you'll pass Hole-in-the-Wall Falls, then returning to the Historic Highway State Trail. Finally, the hike ends at Cabin Creek Falls. There are several spots along the Historic Highway here to enjoy the beauty of a waterfall after your hardy hike.
Please note: Depending on how far you hike from this trailhead, you may be entering the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Wilderness restrictions apply.
- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org.
Other hikes leading from Starvation Creek Trailhead include:
- Hole-in-the-Wall Falls
- Lancaster Falls
- Mount Defiance
- Starvation Creek Falls
- Starvation Creek to Warren Lake
- Type: Loop
- Distance: 2.5 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 700 feet
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Family Friendly: No
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
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