TOTAL MILES: 4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 710 ft
DIFFICULTY RATING: Easy
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 3 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass (drivers)
This will be Shana's 2nd qualifying hike to become a hike leader for the PHMG, and as such I will just be along for the ride. I know that you will do a great job out there, Shana!!
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 75 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $7.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
This hike starts at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead. We will be parking our cars by the bathrooms. The Trail crosses the road and heads up the Pacific Crest Trail parallel to I-84. In about 1/10 of a mile, We will take the trail to the left, which is the Pacific Crest Trail. We will then Begin at the Dry Creek Falls Trailhead, on the Oregon side of the Bridge of the Gods. Named after its past use as the water source for Cascade Locks, this waterfall is reachable via a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail. We will Head slowly uphill, climbing about one mile to an access road. Turn right and follow the road for 100 yards until the trail resumes. We will Follow the path downward through lava boulders until we reach the creek (about 1 mile), then turn right and continue another 0.2 miles to the falls. The Dry creek fall is the summit, we will take a 10-15 minute break to take pictures, then we will return back to the trail head, to our cars and head for a quick bite to eat. This is a 4.4 roundtrip hike.
NO DOGS, please.
What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Sunscreen & bug spray
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.