This hike is actually a twofer, forking to two paths each leading to a waterfall – go up to Upper McCord Creek’s twin waterfalls, or down to the towering Elowah Falls. Each waterfall has its own character and it is worth visiting both of them.
Starting from the John B Yeon trailhead, head up Gorge Trail #400. The trail will climb a bit and after about .3 miles, you will reach the intersection. The Elowah Falls trail descends (left) into a ravine. Continue on about half a mile to a lovely a footbridge at the base of the plunge pool. Take in the 213-foot tall falls and enjoy the mist that blows off and cools this area. Note the mist can also make the bridge and rocks slick.
Back at the fork, the upper trail (to the right) leads to Upper McCord Creek’s falls. The trail will climb a few more switchbacks in the trees and then begin opening up. This route is carved into the cliff and while this feature gives the hike its character and sense of adventure, it should be approached with common sense when with hiking with young children or dogs. You will be treated to views across the Columbia River to Table Mountain, Mount Adams and other sites on the Washington side. In just under a mile you will come around a curve in the cliff, Elowah Falls (below) and the twin falls of Upper McCord Creek will come into view.