Starvation Creek Ridge Loop
Central Gorge, Oregon
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Hike Details
Type:
Loop
Distance:
2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
700 feet
Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms
Restrooms:
Yes miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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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:

Driving Directions

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.