One of the lesser known waterfalls is also one of the most spectacular and accessible.
This trail is currently closed in the wake of the 2017 wildfires. Restoration is in progress.
We found ourselves at Elowah Falls by accident, heading East from Exit 35 instead of West to Horsetail Falls. I’m glad we did. Two different waterfalls are accessible from the same trailhead, and they share a path for the first half a mile. At the junction, turn left for Elowah Falls, right to Upper McCord Creek Falls. The higher elevation trail to the latter ends up cutting into a cliff-face, with the sheer drop guarded by rails. This affords a good view of the top of Elowah Falls, just before the Upper McCord Creek Falls hove into view.
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John B Yeon Trailhead. From Portland take I-84 eastward to Exit 35. Drive east on Frontage Road about 2 miles and turn right into the trailhead parking lot. [Google map].