Gorton Creek Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge and remains far less visited than famous counterparts like Multnomah Falls and Elowah Falls. This offers visitors an adventurous opportunity to visit a stunning waterfall in the Gorge that isn’t overrun with crowds. Just a short hike up Gorton Creek will reward you with breathtaking views of this stunning tiered waterfall. The top tier is hidden from view at all but a few angles, while the visible lower tier is much taller. The reported height ranges from 115-150 feet.
Gorton Creek Falls Hike
Hiking to Gorton Creek Falls is a short but moderately difficult journey that requires some scrambling through mud, over slick boulders and/or walking directly up the rocky creek bed when water levels permit. While short, and mostly easy-going the end of this trail will require getting dirty and getting your feet wet, but is doable for nearly any adult hiker.
Start the hike at the Wyeth Trailhead. Shortly after you’ve set off you’ll reach a little wood bridge and a trail junction with wooden signs indicating the route for several other trails. Continue straight on the same path along Gorton Creek for about a quarter mile of dirt trail. You’ll see a small 10 foot waterfall (Emerald Falls) along the way. The dirt trail has been an easy hike up to this point but comes to an abrupt halt along the side of the creek. From this point forward you’ll be progressing on your own uphill, gaining roughly 150 feet of elevation to the base of the falls 100-200 yards away. Depending upon the creek’s water level and temperature you may walk up directly through the creek, otherwise you’ll find yourself climbing over wet and slippy boulders, over/under fallen trees and up/down steep muddy hillside. Plan to get your feet wet and clothes dirtied, there’s no avoiding it. Once you’ve reached the falls you’ll return back on the same trail.
Location & Directions
The drive from Portland is roughly 50 miles.
- Travel East on I-84/US-30 from Portland, take Exit 51.
- After exiting, turn at the first right and then turn right onto Wyeth Road.
- Continue .2 miles and turn left at Wyeth Campground/Park.
- Park and continue on foot to the trailhead for the Wyeth Trail.
Tip: When the campground is closed the parking lot is gated shut. Park on the side and continue on foot to the trailhead.
Columbia River Gorge
Northwest Forest Pass ($5.00)