Continuing on from last weeks post – on up the trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls! If you go back along the trail you came from on the way to Elowah Falls, you’ll see the turn-off for Upper McCord Creek Falls. This one is a bit more of a hike as you are going up above where Elowah Falls is, on the same river.
Along the way you’ll see these old rusted pipelines. I have no clue what they were for, however, I stumbled upon an article that explained there used to be the Warren Cannery operation on Warren Landing – off of the Columbia River, and it’s assumed that these old pipelines were used for this cannery somehow.
Along the side of the trail as you go up further, you’ll see stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge – to the east, the lower part of the Bonneville Dam island is visible, but not the dam itself. And to the north, you can see Beacon Rock on the Washington side of the river.
As you go around the bend in the trail, you’ll find yourself looking down on Elowah Falls in all her glory. You can even see the tiny footbridge off in the valley below. (not pictured below)
At this point in the trail, there’s not much further to go and you’ll soon be at Upper McCord Creek Falls. This waterfall is made up of two waterfalls pouring over the edge, down onto the riverbank below. If it’s been a really dry summer, you may find only one side of the falls flowing, but this past summer wasn’t unusually dry, so both falls were visible.
Once you get to the top, there is a big flat rock top you can walk out on near where the falls start to tumble over the edge. This is where my son and I stopped to have lunch. What a view! A bit cold at the top of the waterfall, though. We only had a few other visitors the day we went. We were too far off the beaten path for their to be big swarms of people out here. One group didn’t even bother coming to the top of the falls where we were enjoying our picnic lunch.
It’s always a bit of a bittersweet moment turning around and hiking back down the trail again, knowing that the days adventure is almost over…