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Lancaster Falls Hike

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Lancaster Falls (Steve Hart)
Hole in the Wall Falls (Steve Hart)
Cascade rock cress (Arabis furcata) along the trail (cfm)

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There are four waterfalls near the Starvation Creek Rest Area. Starvation Creek Falls is easily reached by a short trail right at the rest area. The other three waterfalls are all accessible from the lower reaches of the Mount Defiance Trail.

The trail starts right on the restored section on the original Historic Columbia River Highway. There's a junction with the Starvation Cutoff Trail, which provides a bit of a shortcut to Starvation Ridge. The first waterfall Cabin Creek Falls is just past this trail junction. There's a huge fallen basalt boulder here, that creates an almost hidden amphitheater. The waterfall sprays directly into this hidden area.

Continuing on, the Mount Defiance Trail leaves the old highway and comes to Hole in the Wall Falls. This waterfall is an unusual manmade affair. Highway crews drilled a tunnel through the rock and diverted Warren Creek here in the 1930s. The water emerges from the tunnel and immediately falls, creating the waterfall. Hikers looking for a little more historical interest can follow the old creek bed a bit to the original location of Warren Creek falls, now dry.

From here, the trail begins a modest climb, gaining about 200 feet in elevation. There's another trail junction, this time with the Starvation Ridge Trail. Stay to the right. Soon the trail reaches the lower tier of Lancaster Falls. The waterfall seems small at first glance, but from the right angle, the large upper tier is visible through the trees.

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