Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Columbia River Gorge (West)

McCord Creek/Elowah Falls

Multnomah County, Oregon

Oregon State Parks & USFS

Fees: none

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 125'-540'

Current status (as of 5/25/24): blooming

Notes: The north-facing cliffs above McCord Creek are home to a few plants that aren't usually found at such a low elevation, and a few others that are rarely found anywhere else at all.

Peak wildflower bloom at McCord Creek/Elowah Falls is typically from early April through May into early June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early March until early July.* (In 2024, things are running a little later than usual.)

Typical year:

Featured plants: Erigeron howellii, Erigeron oreganus, Bolandra oregana, Castilleja rupicola, Delphinium basalticum, Dodecatheon dentatum, Hieracium longiberbe

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.