Thursday, May 26, 2016

Upper Mccord Falls Hike

Upper Mccord Falls is the perfect hike for you and your family. This out and back type hike is only 2.2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 600 feet and is totally family friendly.
This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before entering the forest and coming to McCord Creek Falls. This is a remarkable double falls and well worth the trip. Note that sometimes on dry summer days, only one falls may be flowing. 
Combine this hike with a side trip to Elowah Falls for a combined hike of 4 miles gaining 600-ft elevation.

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