Dry Creek Falls is a spirited 75 foot plunge where its namesake creek drops out of a narrow canyon into a large bowl carved out of columnar basalt. What I'm surprised about is that until I had seen the falls in person, I had no idea that there is likely two or three upper tiers to the falls that could push the true height of the falls close to 300 feet. Unfortunately its flat out impossible to see into the narrow gorge above the falls from below, so the only way the upper section will be revealed will probably be by rappelling down the canyon. 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 refrain from playing with it so we don't risk losing this waterfall to off-limits status.
- Dry Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
Dry Creek Falls is accessed from the Pacific Crest Trail at Cascade Locks. Park at the PCT 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.