Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
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At 249 feet, Latourell Falls is an impressive cascade and the third tallest waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, after Multnomah Falls (620 feet) and Elowah Falls (289 feet).  That also means it is the fifth tallest in the state of Oregon, after Munson Creek Falls (319 feet) and Salt Creek Falls (286 feet).

Fortunately, this waterfall is also one of the easiest to reach from Portland.  The 2.4-mile loop leaves from the parking lot and winds through temperate old-growth to lead you to Latourell Falls and Upper Latourell Falls, then back down through Guy Talbot State Park just on the north side of the historic highway.  Here you can end your adventure with a perfectly selected picnic spread.  If you are out for an all-day tour of the Gorge, be sure to start with Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint, then head east to the Crown Point Vista House before continuing on the Historic Columbia River Highway past the region's entire collection of cascades.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Numerous waterfalls. Old-growth forest. Proximity to Portland.

Cons

Heavily used area.

Trailhead Elevation

180.00 ft (54.86 m)

Net Elevation Gain

520.00 ft (158.50 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

12/24/2015
These falls were totally gushing during all the December rains in 2015. We'd been here recently and it was nothing like this day. I also agree that this is a good hike it baby trail.
10/18/2015
The Columbia River Gorge is still crowded in the fall, but the beautiful colors and waterfalls are worth the trip.
07/14/2015
Took a trip here after getting out of work at 3 on a Tuesday. It was a beautiful little hike with very few people past the lower falls. I highly suggest it if you have an afternoon free.
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