Dry Creek Falls is accessed via the Pacific Crest Trail out of Cascade Locks. Often Dry Creek falls doesn’t have any signs because the locals seem to enjoy removing any signs indicating the side-trail to the waterfall. Dry Creek Falls never actually runs dry, but the creek would “dry-up” in summers just a bit below the present-day PCT bridge. Cascade Locks once Used Dry Creek for the town’s water supply and at the waterfall you’ll see the remains of these formerly-used diversion works.
New for the 4th edition of Curious Gorge is a loop route from Dry Creek Falls to explore the summertime-dry creekbed, the old water storage structure….and then looping back up to the PCT via the powerline service road. I think this makes for a more interesting visit to the falls than the traditional out/back…..but the powerline service road does have some super-steep short up/downs before re-connecting with the PCT.
Here are some maps to help you visualize the unorthodox loop route:
Ater a couple of miles on the PCT, you’ll arrive at a bridged crossing of Dry Creek. Instead of crossing the bridge, you instead want to go up the road next to Dry Creek for a few hundred yards to the semi-hidden waterfall.
This is some of the diversion works at Dry Creek falls that once robbed the lower creek of its flow: