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Wahclella Falls Adventure Hike

Pros: Breathtaking falls. Scenic canyon. Easy for all ages. Just miles away from many other falls.

Cons: Parking is lacking and the trail gets crowded on weekends.

Adventure Notes:

  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Length of Hike: 1.9 mile round trip
  • Distance from Portland: 50 minutes
  • Elevation Gain: 301 feet
  • Seasons: Year-round.
  • Use: hikers, trail running
  • Road Conditions: Paved
  • Swimming: Yes in the summer.
  • Bathroom: Yes, 2. Outhouses
  • Overnight Camping: No
  • Region: Columbia River Gorge, OR
  • Congestion: Crowded
  • Preferable Season(s): Spring, Summer, winter, fall
  • Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Yes
  • Dogs allowed: Yes

This beautiful hike is only 50 minutes outside of Portland, located in the Gorge.  It’s about 2 miles (round trip). And it’s located right next to The Munra Point Trailhead if you wanna get crazy. This hike includes 2 waterfalls and is easily doable by the whole family (If you have little ones, take care because there are places where the path is narrow and along a steep ravine). This hike probably won’t be feasible for anyone who has difficulty walking (needs a cane, walker, etc.) The hike is relatively easy, with a few semi-steep climbs.

Image courtesy of Michael Matti / Flickr

The terrain is beautiful and the falls themselves are spectacular! Far better than Multnomah Falls in my opinion. Keep in mind that a NW Forest Pass is required here but hey, they have bathrooms. As always, please remember to leave no trace. Always leave the trail better than it was before you got there.

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