A few weeks ago my son & I did the Elowah Falls, McCord Creek hike. This is a very easy hike, good for beginner hikers – especially if you just go to Elowah Falls, but I’m sure in the winter, parts of the path are really slippery as there were some soggy parts when we went and there hadn’t been much rain yet at that point.
We were also going to do the McCord Creek Falls hike, and took off on the path to the east of Elowah Falls thinking maybe there was some sort of loop. After a bit of hiking, the trail just started aligning with the freeway, and I had a funny feeling there was no loop. I remembered looking it up online and it didn’t look like the trail from Elowah falls connected to the McCord Creek one, but that you had to backtrack along the trail you’d been on to get to the trail that led to McCord Creek falls. So, I stopped. My son wanted to keep going, but I was almost certain this wasn’t a loop to the falls upstream. Luckily, that close to the freeway, we had cell phone reception, so I could look it up and discover that, indeed, I was right and we needed to turn around and go back to get to the trail head going to McCord Creek falls. Considering I had a headache by the time we got to Elowah Falls and had to take aspirin, I’m glad I figured it out pretty quickly and we didn’t continue on miles out of our way in the wrong direction at that time. Yeah for looking things up on a map online before taking off for our trip so I’d know when we go off track. And yeah to being near the free way so we could still utilize our phones to get turned back around in the right direction!
I had not done this hike yet before this. It was far enough from the tourist traps that not too many people were on the trail. Which is a big plus in my books! I’m still pretty amazed at how many waterfalls and hiking trails there are in the Columbia River Gorge and the fact that I can keep finding new and different ones all the time! I am truly blessed to live near the Columbia River Gorge and have all of these trails in my ‘backyard’.