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Starvation Creek Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

State park sign at the Starvation Creek Trailhead
At the Starvation Creek Trailhead (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Fees and Regulations

  • Only 29 parking spaces - arrive early, especially on spring and summer weekends!
  • Take due caution with your property and leave nothing of value in your car.

Driving Directions

From Portland, drive east on I-84 for more than 50 miles to Exit 55, signed for the Starvation Creek Trailhead and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

There's no westbound exit to the Starvation Creek Rest Area, so drivers from the east (Hood River) will need to continue to Herman Creek Road and double back. Similarly, when leaving the rest area westbound drivers (Portland) will need to drive east on I-84 for about a mile and take the Viento exit, which leads to an underpass and then an I-84 on-ramp to Portland.

Be aware that the two primary hiking trails at this location (Starvation Ridge and Mt. Defiance) do not begin within the state park area by the restrooms and Starvation Creek Falls (walking east leads to Viento State Park along the historic highway), but instead require walking west, back alongside the freeway on the paved Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. This route offers close approaches to Cabin Creek Falls and Hole in the Wall Falls. The Starvation Ridge Cutoff Trail also descends to this lower walk-in section.


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