Cynthia Creek

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Cynthia Creek Canyoneering Canyoning Caving
Also known as: Cynthia Falls.
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Difficulty:3C I (v3a4 I)
Raps:‌1-2, max ↨50ft
Approach: ⟷1.3mi ↑650ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Condition Reports:
18 Nov 2023

      • Youtube vid added on the main page*** Interesting small slot canyon, with one 50ft rappel in the flow, you could rappel this 3 different ways, fro

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Single waterfall plunging into a short slot canyon located north of Archer Mountain in the Columbia Gorge. There are not too many like it in the Columbia Gorge. Be aware: approach & exit time will likely take longer than time spent in the canyon. A high pay-to-play.


Backtrack along Duncan Creek Rd and turn off right onto a gated powerline track. Follow the track west about ~1mi, 650ft gain to about 1600ft elevation where Cynthia Creek passes under the road through a culvert. Look for a sign on a tree with a short trail leading to the top of the falls.


  • R1: 50ft from a tree. Beware several old hoses hanging down over the falls that may complicate rope deployment. These hoses either lead to a private home, or, more likely, a defunct pot-grow somewhere downstream. It'd be great to get these removed.

At the bottom it's possible to exit immediately up a steep dirty chute, or pass through the bottom of the waterfall and exit up DCR onto a ledge to walk off.

  • R2: Two tier with a pool between: 6ft, 6ft. Or bypass DCR.


Exit the creek DCR below the falls and up a steep slope into the woods. Thrash back over to the powerline track. Return the way you came.

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An old retention wall once existed in the bottom of Cynthia Creek before it was blown out by a winter flood. It's original purpose is unknown.


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