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Cedar Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Cedar Falls from the bushwhack trail (Jeff Statt)
The falls are visible from the Cedar Falls Trail (Jeff Statt)
Not much of a marker! This rotted stump marks the beginning of the spur trail across to see the falls (Jeff Statt)
Cedar Falls (Jeff Statt)
Cedar Falls-Cedar Mountain Trail junction (Jeff Statt)

Description

Cedar Falls is a little known cascade on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. It is in the area between Hamilton and Table mountains. More specifically, Cedar Creek forms the drainage between Aldrich Butte and Cedar Mountain. There is now an obvious, but very steep trail down to the falls.

Cedar Falls suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. While the USGS has officially named Cedar Creek, the name of the falls is not yet permanently established. In fact, there is a faction of locals that refer to it as Aldrich Falls. The flow over the falls varies greatly by season. Some summers it has been known to dry up completely, so plan your visit accordingly. An early spring visit may be the best.

Incidentally, you can see this waterfall from the top of nearby Hamilton Mountain, though it takes a pretty keen eye to spot it! For most hikers this will be the only view they will ever have.

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With a keen eye you can spot Cedar Falls from the top of Hamilton Mountain (Jeff Statt)
In late summer it is merely a trickle (Jeff Statt)
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