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Things to do in Cascade Locks

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The top 2 attractions in Cascade Locks

Nature Reserves in Cascade Locks
Upper McCord Creek Trail
This hike in the Columbia River Gorge is a great one to combine with Elowah Falls. It starts at the same trailhead (John B. Yeon) and 2.2 miles roundtrip with a 400 ft elevation gain, so fairly easy. It's a beautiful trail which leads through the forest, heads uphill in a series of switchbacks, and even has beautiful views of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. These views come at the ledge section, where you're actually at the edge of a cliff, but luckily have handrails to hold on to if you need. The trail ends at Upper McCord Creek falls, a picturesque falls pair. You can wander further along the creek- it's a great spot to hang out and take in the tranquility of the area. This hike is highly recommended and along with Elowah falls, a hidden gem of the Gorge!
Waterfalls in Cascade Locks
Elowah Falls
Elowah Falls is located in the Columbia Gorge off of Hwy 84. It's a short and comfortable hike to see the beautiful falls. Park at John B. Yeon trailhead, and follow the Elowah falls hike. You'll travel through the forest and up some hills, then finally drop back down and find yourself at the base of stunning amphitheater-like cliffs with a very tall falls cascading down the middle. The wide open punchbowl area is striking; with green-yellow lichen contrasting with the dark stone, and rushing water following it's path. There are so many areas to wander around, take pictures, or even have a snack or picnic. You can continue on the Elowah falls path past the waterfall as well. To me, this spot is a hidden gem because it's not one of the busy tourist attractions of the area, yet it's magnificent to see in person.