#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

6 Responses to “#30 Gorton Creek Falls”

  1. Irene Concepcion Says:

    We have been trying to find a way to “entice” a 12 year old and a 13 year old to go hiking with us. We came across this scramble and figured it would be “adventurous” for them. Well, mission ACCOMPLISHED! They thought it was the coolest, yet slightly dangerous (but not really), and they definitely thought it was an adventure. Once we got back to the car the kids yelled out “I wish that was longer!” Followed by ” I wish all hikes were that fun!” Wow.

  2. gooregonnow Says:

    Very nice. I posted this under a photo on my OR travel page https://www.facebook.com/GoOregonNow

  3. Stephanie Reilly Says:

    Planning on taking my sister and cousin ( all of us Gortons) with me on this hike.
    Stephanie Gorton

  4. C. Gorton Says:

    I’m a Gorton and want to go there! I never knew it existed.

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