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Dry Creek Bridge

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Dry Creek Bridge (Jeff Statt)
Dry Creek Bridge (Steve Hart)
Pole marking the start of the Rudolph Spur Trail (Steve Hart)
The first part of the Rudolph Spur Trail is marked by fallen trees cut away long ago. (Steve Hart)

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Despite its name, Dry Creek at this location is far from dry. In fact, it's the first source of filterable water for hikers on the Crest Trail. Further downstream the creek water is diverted by an old piping system and Dry Creek actually is "dry".

Just west (trail north) of this small bridge, the Crest Trail crosses an old jeep road. Hikers can head up this old road for 2/10 of a mile to Dry Creek Falls.

A few steps farther west, near a pole marking the Pacific Crest Trail is a junction with the abandoned Rudolph Spur Trail, which once carried the number 405D. This trail leads up to Benson Plateau. The trail is not currently maintained and should only be attempted by people experienced in route finding.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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