Hike to Rock Bridge and Creation Falls

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Distance

1.9 miles

Elevation Gain

400 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Mitchell Greenhalgh

Easy hike for an awesome arch and beautiful waterfall. Close to other trails leading to other key areas of the Gorge.

Upon exiting Mountain Parkway at Slade, take 15 heading east. You will cross over top of Mountain Parkway three times, and then take a left onto 715 (near a log cabin diner/hotel). You'll cross back over the parkway one more time and then you'll take a right onto Rock Ridge Rd. (gravel) and just stay on the main road all the way until the road ends in a loop that has parking, picnic benches, and restrooms. There are two trails you can take to get down to Rock Bridge and Creation Falls. I suggest taking the first trail that you pass when going around the gravel loop going counter-clockwise. You take that trail and it winds down a really steep hill. It is partially paved. You'll eventually start to hear a river/waterfall sound. Then on the right, you'll suddenly approach the top of the falls from behind. You can either venture across a small trail to go across the top of the creek and go around the opposite side or you can follow the main trail and follow it down into the lower portion of the creek bed and go to the falls from there. After exploring the falls, you continue along the main trail, or follow the creek downstream, and you'll come up to Rock Bridge. You can climb up on top of it,but it can be difficult for shorter people. After exploring some more, or whatever you want to do, continue following the trail until the junction of the loop with trail 219 to Swift Camp Creek. Follow the signs to continue on the loop and go back to the parking lot. It will be a more gentle incline on the way back up. You'll pass by a couple of overlooks and it will eventually level out to a generally flat trail. Continue on until you reach the parking/picnic area.

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