With a sharp eye, motorists zipping by on Interstate 84 will be able to catch a glimpse of a pretty waterfall along Lindsey Creek, a short distance before the Starvation Creek State Park exit. Though there has been very little documentation of this waterfall, there are obvious routes from the interstate to near the base of the falls, so I'm sure I'm not the only one who stops here. The falls are about 300 feet upstream from the freeway, dropping down a mossy, but wide open gorge (thank the high tension lines above). When the creek is lower, it'll be possible to walk up the streambed towards the base of the falls.
- Harrison Falls is the Historical name of this waterfall.
- Known Alternate Names: Lower Lindsey Creek Falls
Early postcards have this waterfall captioned as "Harrison Falls", or "Harrison Falls near Harrison Auto Camp, Columbia River Highway". I suspect this is simply a historic unofficial naming, but unless evidence proving this suspicion arises, I'll continue to reference it as such.
Located along Interstate 84, near Starvation Creek State Park. The falls are only accessible to eastbound traffic. On Interstate 84, drive approximately 2 3/4 miles east of the Wyeth Exit (Exit 51), to the freeway's crossing of Lindsey Creek (watch for a guardrail at the apex of a bend to the left). Park at a large pullout on the far side of the creek, and walk back across the creek and head into the woods. Note where the falls are located as you walk along the guardrail. Once into the woods, duck under a wire fence and follow any of several rude paths through the brush, heading upstream, for about 300 feet to where the gorge becomes too steep to traverse. The falls can be viewed from here. There may be other ways to see the falls from the other side of the creek. Keep a watch for poison oak, it's common in the area.