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Upper McCord Creek Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Upper McCord Creek Falls (Steve Hart)


Upper McCord Creek Falls is sometimes seen as the uppermost tier of mighty Elowah Falls. This 64-foot twin waterfall is best viewed from a raised spot just off the trail as you approach the falls. A log which appears in many older photographs of the falls has disappeared post-Eagle Creek Fire. The waterfall is within the expanded boundaries (2009) of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.

In the past McCord Creek was also known as Pierce Creek and Kelly Creek. The name was finalized by a committee in honor of W.R. McCord, whooshed fish wheels that operated at the mouth of the creek. The waterfall is called the "upper" falls because {[Elowah Falls]] used to be called McCord Creek Falls.

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