hike: Herman Creek Pinnacles & Dry Creek Falls
This hike starts at the Herman Creek trailhead and takes the Herman Creek trail to the Pacific Crest trail, crossing Herman Creek on a footbridge and passing by Pacific Crest Falls and the Herman Creek Pinnacles before continuing to Dry Creek Falls.
distance: 9 miles roundtrip
elevation gain: 1,800 ft
high point: 975 ft
drive time from Portland: 1 hour
parking pass: NW Forest Pass
I’m really enjoying hiking in the forests of the Gorge this winter! We stopped for lunch at the Pinnacles before continuing to Dry Creek Falls and back. There is a shorter route to the waterfall that begins near the Bridge of the Gods, but we were looking for a longer hike in the woods. We lucked out and it didn’t rain all day – and while it was cold, the forest protected us from the wind that we could hear howling above us.