Wahclella Falls
Wahclella Falls


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Queen J
加利福尼亚2,123 条分享
2019年7月 • 独自旅游
I hiked in the region on July 29th and stopped here for a quick hike, but the small parking lot was covered in debris and had a giant bulldozer parked in the middle of it. The trail was blocked by the bulldozer, and appeared to be fenced off. There was nowhere to park on the street, Star Route, so I drove up the hill about a mile to the large, empty parking lot for the Historic Colombia River Highway State Trail.
A highway patrolman was parked there, taking his lunchbreak, and he told me the Wahclella Trail was definitely closed, along with many of the higher trails, as well as the popular lower Trail #400 through the Oneonta River Gorge. The Forestry Dept is working to restore the trails and area, but the carnage left in the wake of those infamous forest fires (Eagle Creek & Indian Creek) is extensive. A date has not been set for the reopening of this trail. So sad.

Tips and Information:

Trails that were open that I hiked:

1. Angel's Rest (2.3 miles to the top from the Angel's Rest Trailhead just east of Bridal Veil). From the top, you can return on the same trail, or hike about 3 miles over to Wahkeena Falls. I didn't do this extension of the trail, but met a few hikers up there who had just hiked in from Wakeena Falls. They said the newly reopened trail was a bit dry, scrubby, and disappeared on and off in the overgrown brush, but that it was hikeable. The Devil's Rest extension is still closed.

2. Both Bridal Veil Falls loops are open, but I could not find the trail that leads to the old logging camp. I'm not sure if I just missed it because it's overgrown/unmarked, or if it's been closed.

3. Multnomah Falls is open. Both the short walk to the bridge and the 1.25 mile trail up to the top. (The return is on the same trail).

4. Lower Horsetail Falls, the .5 mile trail up to and behind the first waterfall is open.
*The trail extension to the Upper Ponytail Falls & the #400 Oneonta Gorge hike, as well an upper trail branching off to the east side (the Rock of Ages Trail) are all closed and locked by high metal fences.

5. Wakeena Falls .2 mile trail is open. The extension trail - a 5 mile loop from Wakeena to Multnomah Falls (and back) is also open.

*Every entrance to the Gorge Trail #400 is blocked by a high, locked metal fence. You cannot get in, and the danger of rockslides, falling debris, and riverbed sharp objects is very real. It is devastating to think that this trail is so severely damaged, it might never reopen, but at this time, there are no plans to restore it.

*Though many upper Colombia River trails remain closed, the shorter, popular trails have reopened.

*The best restrooms are found at the parking lot at Bridal Veil Falls and inside the ground floor restrooms on the right side of the Multnomah Falls Lodge. These are public restrooms and you enter through a wide open doorframe.
*These are the 2 MOST popular sights, so get there before 9AM if you hope to find parking.

*The trails are free and they open at 6AM (including restrooms). If you want to hike in peace and take pictures without a million heads in them, get on the trails as early as humanly possible!!!
* I arrived at Multnomah at 5:55AM on a Monday in late July, and there were already 5 cars in the parking lot. When I drove by on the highway later at 11:30AM, ALL (small) parking lots to ALL hikes were full were full, more parked cars were lined up on the roadsides, and waves of people were walking to the trailheads. At Multnomah, hoards of tourists were descending on the site like armies of red ants.

*Vista House is best visited before 8AM for easy parking and the best pictures. If you wish to get inside, you need to be there before the 9AM opening to find a parking spot and avoid massive crowds.

*For greater trail selection and less crowding, drive 2 hours further to the Mount Hood area, which has almost 1,000 open trails from which to choose. Check the forestry service usda gov website for up to date fire and construction/ maintenance trail closures.

Hope that helps! Enjoy the Colombia River area!
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Wahclella Fallsis an absolutely amazing place to visit. Breath taking views, We can not wait to go back next year.
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Ron G
加利福尼亚洛杉矶110 条分享
2017年8月 • 夫妻情侣
Worth the stop. One of several gorgeous waterfalls to see when driving thru the Columbia River Gorge. Also see Bridal Veil Falls.
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Naita Chamberlain
牙买加金斯敦187 条分享
2018年5月 • 好友
I wanted to see outside the city life of Portland Oregon. So me and some friends rented a car and drove to see the sites. This was one of them. It was majestic and beautiful. A must see.
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Susan E
宾夕法尼亚费城843 条分享
2017年7月 • 好友
We visited these falls in July and were so happy that the hike was fairly easy with a huge cascade of water at the end of the walk. Unfortunately these trails are closed at least until spring of 2018 due to wildfires. :-(
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Sara K
康涅狄格纽黑文28 条分享
Came b/c our intended trail was blocked by wildfires. Beautiful hike. Starts off easy, but after the first waterfall, it becomes narrow and more difficult with children and for someone with limited vision, especially with it being crowded. Gorgeous falls.
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明尼苏达圣保罗62 条分享
2017年8月 • 夫妻情侣
This is a thoroughly enjoyable one-mile hike with a spectacular view of the falls as your reward. Although the first part of the hike is fairly flat, the second half involves uphill, a bit of downhill, twists, turns and rocks and roots. If you take children, keep an eye on them and make sure they wear good shoes - NOT flipflops or flimsy sandals. (We saw one small child narrowly miss tumbling down a cliff - she was running, had on flipflops and her parents were not very attentive.) The views along the trail are beautiful and varied. HIghly recommend!
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Dallas249 条分享
2017年7月 • 夫妻情侣
Other waterfalls get all the attention in the Columbia River Gorge, but this was our favorite over all the others. We didn't know about until a ranger at Bonneville Dam told us. Even several Portland locals we talked to afterward never had heard of it. The trailhead sign says its a one-mile hike, but it sure feels longer than that. Every step is worthwhile, though, for the sight of this secluded and picturesque waterfall. If you're up for a moderate hike and want to be rewarded with a true hidden gem in nature, go to Wahclella. There's only a small parking lot at the trailhead, but some additional parking is available along the road to the left.
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哥伦比亚Popayan2 条分享
2017年7月 • 家庭
Multnomah Falls tops most people's list of falls to see when visiting the Columbia River Gorge, but I would argue that this one is even better! A 2 mile loop hike (1 mile each way) that is easy to moderate (more easy than moderate) with an amazing view as your reward.
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Gry L
俄勒冈波特兰8 条分享
2017年7月 • 好友
We showed up early and the teeny lot was already full. We parked along the side of the road, so all was not lost. It was an easy-ish hike. And the payoff was amazing! The 1st falls was very pretty. But Wahclella falls were gorgeous. I totally recommend going. You have to pay 5 bucks at the trailhead. Well worth it!
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