This is the upper of two known waterfalls on Summit Creek, and the only one marked on the Mount Defiance Quadrangle. The falls consist of a flume like plunge pf about 10 feet that falls into a pile of logs in a narrow section of the canyon, followed by another 5 foot drop before the creek veils a final 15 feet in an attractive fan-shape. Theres lots of logs strewn about in the vicinity of the falls which makes seeing the whole waterfall difficult. Its almost impossible to take a picture of the falls without some part being blocked by the debris in the canyon or by the shape of the canyon itself. I found the only clear view all but rendered the upper half of the falls hidden from view.
- Summit Creek Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.
Summit Creek Falls is located in undeveloped Lindsey Creek State Park along the I-84 corridor in the central Columbia River Gorge. The falls can only be accessed by parking along the Interstate at an inconspicuous gated road just under 2 1/2 miles east of the Wyeth Exit. Theres not a whole lot of room, so be sure to pull well off the freeway. Begin by following the road uphill, staying straight where another road intersects left and right. When the road climbs to the high tension line clearing, stay right and follow the road until it intersects Summit Creek a total of about 6/10 of a mile from the highway, just above Camp Benson Falls. To reach Summit Creek Falls, bushwhack up the Summit Creek drainage for about 500 feet.