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Upper McCord Creek Falls Hike

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

Upper McCord Creek Falls (Steve Hart)
Elowah Falls from above (Steve Hart)
  • Start point: John B Yeon TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Upper McCord Creek Falls
  • Trail Log : Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and back
  • Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Year-round except during winter storms
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Sometimes
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Hike Description

Upper McCord Creek Falls is hidden away above mighty Elowah Falls. Pictures fail to do the matched pair of waterfalls justice. Though smaller than Elowah, they're a lot bigger than they seem at first glance. This is a fairly easy hike, appropriate for most beginners. There is a reasonable amount of climbing and a ledge section protected by sturdy handrails. The handrails protect make this hike completely safe to all but the most foolhardy of hikers.

Consider combining this hike with the Elowah Falls Hike.

Maps

This map is a bit misleading. Elowah Falls is where the top trail on the map crosses the creek. Upper McCord Creek Falls is where the bottom trail meets the creek.

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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Portland Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.