#30 Gorton Creek Falls
heading up Gorton Creek to falls
- Gorton Creek Falls
Gorton Creek Falls is hidden in the forest upstream of the Wyeth Campground. No signs alert you to the watefall’s existence, even though there are alot of trail signs on the way to Gorton Creek falls. It was hidden waterfalls like these that helped inspire me to write the first edition of Curious Gorge!!
Wyeth Campground at exit 51, Hwy 84
Wyeth Campground has a really interesting, yet almost unknown history. In the 1940’s, during WWII, it was used as a camp for Conscientious Objectors to the war. Here is an article written about the history by a great local writer and founder of Rediviva magazine, Tomi Owens: http://www.newwest.net/index.php/city/article/6165/C426/L426
Heading up Gorton Creek from Wyeth Campground
Trails signs do not indicate a nearby waterfall---YAY!!
The Trail 400 bridge spanning Gorton Creek
At the bridge keep going straight and upstream along the obvious, yet unsigned, wide trail:
Lower Gorton Creek falls, springtime high water
The trail's end at Gorton Creek
The trail suddenly ends at the side of Gorton Creek. Some people have tried to bushwhack up the steep hill to the left here, but you really need to take to the streambed at this point and rock-hop and splash your way up the final 200 yards to Gorton Creek Falls.
Streambed route to Gorton Creek falls
Rock-hopping up Gorton Creek
The base of Gorton Creek falls
Gazing at Gorton
The entire Gorton Creek falls