Harrison Falls is not on a trail, but it’s so close to I-84 I included it in my list of waterfalls to visit. We parked on the side of the freeway, climbed over a decrepit wire fence, and scrambled through some overgrowth to catch the view pictured. We decided it would have been better to visit in summer and hike up the creek; a wet hike would be more pleasant than scrambling through the overgrowth and would get you closer to the waterfall than we were able to get. We might stop by again in the future and give it a try, because it does look like an idyllic spot.
My rating: Low Priority (1 star)
(Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 1 star, Experience – 2 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About an hour and ten minutes drive east
Nearest town: Cascade Locks
Nearest city: Portland
County: Hood River
Length of round-trip hike: About a tenth of a mile
Best season to visit: Summer
Consider combining this trip with: Starvation Creek Falls to the east or Camp Benson Falls to the west
Toilet / Amenities: None.
How to get there:
- The falls are only accessible to eastbound traffic on I-84. Drive approximately 2.75 miles east of the Wyeth Exit (Exit 51), to the freeway’s crossing of Lindsey Creek (watch for a guardrail at the apex of a bend to the left).
- Park at a large pullout on the far side of the creek, and walk back across the creek and head into the woods. Climb over a wire fence and push your way through the brush, heading upstream, for about 300 feet to where the gorge becomes too steep to traverse.
- Or, hike up the creek and let me know if that works better!