Wahclella Falls Loop
Central Gorge, Oregon
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Hike Details
Type:
Out to a loop and back
Distance:
2.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
300 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms
Restrooms:
Yes miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
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This trail heads up Tanner Creek from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead. At the small dam used by the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, the trail narrows to a single tread, and leads to a bridge taking you over Munra Falls. The trail then begins to climb up the east side of the canyon. There aren't any cliffs here, but there are some steep drop-offs, so keep a close watch on your little ones. After a flight of stairs, you'll come to a fork in the trail. The end of the trail is a loop, so you'll end up hiking both sides. Taking the lower path, you'll find great views as you approach Wahclella Falls, dropping down the mountain through a couple of switchbacks to the lower bridge. At the head of the canyon, you'll pass through a bit of a grotto with a full view of Wahclella Falls. Past Wahclella Falls, the trail gains a bit of elevation and loops back toward the trailhead. When you reach the earlier trail junction, continue straight and head back to your car.

- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org.

Driving Directions

Wahclella Falls Trailhead:  From I-84, take Exit #40/Bonneville Dam. Turn south at the stop sign and drive about 100 feet. Stay to the right, taking you to Wahclella Falls trailhead. Left takes you to Toothrock trailhead.