Wahkeena Falls
Western Gorge, Oregon
Wahkeena Falls (photographer: Greg Lief)
alert Trail Alert, Jul 24, 2020: This waterfall trail is accessed from a stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway that is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find the most current closure news at ReadySetGorge.com.
Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
2.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
850 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms:
Yes
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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This beautiful trail starts by crossing a wooden bridge over Wahkeena Creek. Be sure to head right here; the trail to the left leads to Multnomah Falls. The trail climbs to a stone bridge at the base of Wahkeena Falls, where spray on the trail here is year-round. In the winter, this can get very icy. The trail then starts up a steep section, climbing about 400 feet in half a mile. At the top of this first climb, you'll crest a ridge. Follow the pavement out to the point, called Lemmon's Viewpoint. Return the route you ascended.

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

Driving Directions

Wahkeena Trailhead:  Travel east on I-84 to Exit #28/Bridal Veil. Drive east on the Historic Highway 2.4 miles to the Wahkeena Trailhead. Travel west on I-84 to Exit #35/Ainsworth Park. Drive 5.6 miles west on the Historic Highway to the Wahkeena Trailhead.