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Shepperd's Dell Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Falls at Shepperd's Dell (Steve Hart)
The lower waterfall (Greg Lief)
Young Creek Bridge (Jeff Statt)
Poison Oak


Hike Description

NOTICE: Most trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge are closed until further notice because of damage from the Eagle Creek Fire. The closure involves ALL trails between Rooster Rock State Park and Hood River. It is anticipated that most of these trails may not reopen until Spring or Summer 2018. Please check the list of Columbia Gorge trail closures before you plan for a hike.

Shepperd's Dell isn't as much a hike as a very short stroll. However, it certainly deserves mention for its stonework and, of course, its waterfall. The short path is cut from the cliffs and protected by a stone wall created by the masons working on the nearby Columbia River Highway. Young Creek flows down a series of falls into a deep canyon. When looking at the historic bridge, consider that, despite being built in 1914, it can handle the droves of summertime RVs in the present day!

The trail is paved, although rough in spots. It's perfectly suitable for children and the infirm, but there is a bit of pesky poison oak on the trail, near the highway. A few stairs block the first few feet of the path, making it inaccessible to wheelchairs. Young Creek Falls carries the creek into a boggy bottomland below the highway bridge.

It's possible in the late summer through early spring to see the upper tier of the waterfall from the use trail viewpoint at the north end of the parking pullout.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • None

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 70 Virtual Hikes of the Columbia River Gorge by Northwest Hiker
  • Columbia Gorge Getaways by Laura O. Foster
  • Day Hikes in the Columbia Gorge by Don J. Scarmuzzi
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver by Douglas Lorain (grouped with Latourell Falls)
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge 1st Edition only, by Russ Schneider
  • Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, Volume One: Oregon by Zach Forsyth

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