Budweiser Creek is one of the Gorge’s best forgotten tributaries, pouring into Rock Creek a few miles upstream of Stevenson, WA. It boasts several waterfalls and various well-graded logging roads make access relatively easy.
While none of its falls bear official names, the two most impressive are nicknamed Talapus and Budweiser. Talapus is Chinook Jargon for coyote. Only a fifth of a mile apart, both are easily seen on a single short bushwhack.
To get to the Budweiser Creek, follow the main branch of the Red Bluff Road roughly two miles to a split. The left fork continues up the west side of Rock Creek toward Steep Creek Falls while the right cuts down to a bridge over Rock Creek and travels up the east side. Take the right. From the split drive 3.2 miles on the main road. Several logging roads intersect, but the primary one is relatively obvious.
At 3.2 miles, a logging road currently marked by a small yellow sign reading “CG – 2035” branches to the left. Take this road .7 miles to a turn-around at the end of the drivable portion.
Hike from there on the abandoned, overgrown grade to Budweiser Creek. It passes under a crumbling bluff and above a steep talus field. Apparently there was once a plan to bridge the creek, and on the north side of the stream a large piece of culvert remains. It’s a lasting reminder of the laziness of logging operations once their harvest is complete.
From there, bushwhack downstream. It’s overgrown and rough, but doesn’t involve anything technically difficult. You will reach the top of Talapus Falls first. It’s possible to scramble down either side of the stream to reach the base (after you get beyond the amphitheater’s walls), but it’s easiest on the right (looking downstream).
It’s another short (but somewhat easier) bushwhack downstream to the top of Budweiser Falls. Getting below it is easiest on the left (though there is an animal path that leads down a ledge on the right as well).
Return via the same route.