Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike

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  • Wahkeena Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Vantage of the Columbia River Gorge from above Wahkeena Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Cascade above Wahkeena Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Fairy Falls high above Wahkeena Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Poison delphinium (Delphinium trolliifolium).- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Scouler's corydalius (Corydalis scouleri).- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Old-growth forest and cascades along Wahkeena Creek.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Ecola Falls on the upper end of Multnomah Creek.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Weisendanger Falls along Multnomah Creek.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Dutchman Falls along Multnomah Creek.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Switchback down to viewpoint of Multnomah Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • View of Multnomah Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • - Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Wall of maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum).- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Return trail to Wahkeena Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Herb Robert geranium (Robertianum).- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Be sure to check out the creek below the highway as well- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • The long cascade below Wahkeena Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Fairy Falls is one of the most beautiful falls in the gorge.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Below Fairy Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
  • Taking in the granduer at Wahkeenah Falls.- Wahkeena Falls/Multnomah Falls Loop Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Six waterfalls. Numerous cascades. Wildflowers. Close to Portland.
Cons: 
Steep switchbacks above Wahkeena Falls. Heavily used area.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
4.30 mi (6.92 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
100 ft (30 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,700 ft (518 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Once known as Gordon Falls, after the pioneer F.E. Gordon, the falls were renamed Wahkeena Falls by the Mazamas in 1915.  Wahkeena is a Yakima word that means "most beautiful," but in this case the falls are just the beginning of of this most beautiful hike.  A series of popular falls are accessible from the Historic Colombia River Highway, but tucked away above each of these falls are countless other falls that are equally spectacular and perhaps more enjoyable because you won't have to share them with the droves of tourists who stick closer to their cars.  When included with a trip to Multnomah Falls, you will encounter four of these lessor known cascades: Fairy Falls, Ecola Falls and Weisendanger, Upper Multnomah Falls and Duchman Falls.  Return to the Wahkeena Trailhead by making your way to the bottom of Multnomah Falls via the paved switchback trail.  Walk east for several hundred yards, passing the lodge to get to the lower trail that parallels the Historic Colombia River Highway for one-half a mile.

Camping is no longer permitted in the old campground below Wahkeena Trailhead, but there are numerous picnic areas with their own grills, restrooms, and a picnic shelter for inclement weather.

 

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