Name of Waterfall

Dry Creek Falls

Description

Dry Creek Falls is accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail at Cascade Locks. Park at the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead next to the Bridge of the Gods and follow the trail under Interstate 84. Under the highway the trail intersects a road, walk up the road about 300 feet to the continuation of the trail on the left. About 2 miles from the trailhead the trail crosses Dry Creek. Just before crossing the creek, follow a gravel road uphill for another 1/4 mile to the falls.Dry Creek Falls is a considerably taller waterfall than appears at first glance. Upon arriving at the base of the falls, the spirited 74-foot plunge of the creek spilling out of an extremely narrow canyon appears to be the extent of the falls. However tucked hidden in the canyon above the visible part of the falls actually lies another five (possibly more) drops which bring the cumulative height of the falls to around 230 feet. Unfortunately the only way of reaching them is by rappelling into the canyon from above and climbing down the gorge with aid of ropes and wetsuits (it should be pretty clear that this is an activity only for the most skilled and experienced to undertake).
The city of Cascade Locks uses Dry Creek as its municipal water source. There is a small concrete dam that diverts a portion of the creek into a tunnel just below the falls. Please leave it alone so we don't risk losing this waterfall to off-limits status.

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Magnitude

24.3

IWC Rating (International Waterfall Classification)

1.04

Total Height (ft)

230

Tallest Drop

74

Number of Drops

5

Average Width

5

Average High Volume (Cubic ft per second)

20 cfs (7 months)

Average Low Volume (Cubic ft per second)

3 cfs (5 months)

Pitch

90 degrees

Run (ft)

200

Watershed or Feeder Stream

Columbia River (Snake River to Portland) Dry Creek