While driving through the gorge on interstate 84 once, I noticed some concrete structures on a cliff side. I didn't give it too much thought, just that it must have been some remnants of the old highway.
A few months passed, and I found myself driving on the same stretch of 84, and looked for the structures again, but never saw them. Every time since then I have made it a point to find those structures again and maybe find out exactly what they were/are. This post is about one of those times.
I was again on I-84 over the summer with a few hours of time to spare, so I decided to pull off at a few of the historical sites along the interstate in the hopes of finding a plaque or info board on the old highway. The stop was Starvation Creek State Park Picnic Area.
It had a section of hwy 30 that was closed to traffic and only open for walking and biking. There were a handful of people at the stop, but only a few on the old highway. The scenery around the road was peaceful and interesting to look at, and at some points made me wish it was open to drive on.
I walked back, and up to the water fall following the signs, but found that the path didn't go all the way up to the falls. It ended at a stone wall still quiet far from the fall, but with an adequate view of it still. This didn't stop me at all.
I climbed over the stone wall and made my way towards the fall. I could easily tell that I wasn't the only one to do it either as there was a path worn through the foliage leading to the falls.
The walk was easy up until a small picturesque waterfall where I had to hop from one slippery stone to another. I somehow managed to make it across without getting my shoes wet, but not before taking a few quick pics.
It was only a short walk uphill to the main falls.
I also noticed a few old concrete things. I don't know what they were, but there were some old broken pipes laying around so I think they might have been some sort of irrigation?
I left the falls area when I was mostly satisfied (I still had a long drive ahead of me) and was almost eaten by a couple of dogs running around. The dogs owners were walking up the paved path and called the dogs back, and I don't think I was ever in any danger. They apologized and I told them not to worry about it cause I like dogs.
Starvation Creek Falls turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Even though what I originally set out to find didn't pan out, I did discover what I think are one of the coolest and most underrated falls in the gorge. I plan to stop here again in the winter to see what its like iced over. I'll be sure to add photos of it when I go.