Summary: Latourell Falls is a wonderful introduction to the many waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge. It is a plunge falls with a height of 249 feet. You can access the main or lower falls from the parking lot in the Guy W. Talbot State Park; this falls on Latourell Creek is named after Joseph Latourell, a prominent Columbia River Gorge settler. It is on the Historic Highway, 3.4 miles west of Exit 28 off I-84. It's a short walk from the park's picnic area to the viewpoint. The upper Falls is also a plunge falls with a height ranging between 75-100 feet. You can get behind the falls if you choose to cool off on a hot summer day. In winter the ice forms thickly and makes for beautiful pictures. To get to falls, travel another 0.8 of a mile along the trail from Latourell Falls (above). Continue on the trail to finish the loop back at the parking lot.
Trailhead: You can get there from I-84. If you're coming from the west, you can exit at Troutdale (Exit 17), Lewis and Clark State Park (Exit 18), Corbett (Exit 22), Bridal Veil (Exit 28 or Dodson (Exit 35). If you're coming from the east, you can exit at Dodson [Exit 35], Bridal Veil [Exit 28] or Corbett (Exit 22].
Trail Guides for Latourell Falls in the Columbia Gorge:
Hiking the Columbia River Gorge
by Russ Schneider (Falcon Guide)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: USDA Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (541) 386-2333
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Drew Furnia, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by CO on 5/14/2011
We have little kids (4,5,&7)and this is a great hike for them. Not too steep and plenty of spots to take rest brakes. We usually turn around at the second waterfall so the kids dont tire out before we get back to the parking lot. That, and I dont like walking on the road. If you're coming from Portland, it's worth the detour to get off at the Corbett exit and stop by the Vista House before hitting Latourell Falls.
Reviewed by D. Tzantarmas on 10/19/2010
Did Latourell Falls Loop today and it is a great hike on well maintained trails. Though this trail is listed as EASY in all books, I think there are enough rocky and steep elevation gain sections that is should be listed as EASY for experienced hikers and MODERATE for those with limited experience. The second half of the loop (west side of the falls as you come down) seems less traveled and has several trail branches that are unmarked. Keep climbing up (which seems wrong) and you will end where you should. Wear good hiking shoes/books and the damp trail and fallen leaves will not impact your traction. The wacky shaped trees make this hike very fun!
Reviewed by Robin and juno on 9/10/2010
This was a gorgeous hike. The trail is supposed to be a loop, but if you start at the trail head the return path branches a lot and is not marked. After tripping and twisting my ankle I decided to just hobble back to the parking lot the way I came.
Reviewed by Alyse R. on 8/19/2010
Wonderful trail. Easy to hike and beautiful scenery. However BE CAREFUL about 3 - minutes past the second the waterfall the rocky trail narrows. When I stepped on the edge of it, it unexpectedly broke off, I slid down and broke my ankle. The trail may be easy, but keep aware at all times so you won't need to have other hikers carry you out, as I did. I'll hike it again on another vacation, once my ankle is healed.
Reviewed by LRD on 7/5/2010
This was an awesome hike for the whole family and dogs. Trail goes up the hill from the State park, but there is also a small parking lot right at the beginning of the trailhead. When returning on the loop, stay to your left. There are a couple of trails that go off to the right, but they are not it. Don't fret that the trail goes up for a bit before going down on the way back. I have kids ranging from 6 yrs. to 14 yrs. and all had a great time.
Reviewed by J. Kaufman on 11/1/2009
Super Duper Trail for a nice autumn afternoon trail hike with my best pal Molly my dog. I recommend ... but warn that good trail boots are a must on slippery leaf ladden path and because of the rocky surface of the path in spots. Gorgeous views of waterfalls and the Columbia River.
Reviewed by RF on 9/23/2009
Very good hike for beginners, the lower fall can be crowded, but people start to thin out at the view points because it is initially quite steep (rises about 500ft in a very short distance)At The upper viewpoints you are supposed to be able to see the gorge and rooster rock spur - however when I was there the view was obstructed by brush and overgrown trees - - not many people make the trek to the upper falls which is their loss because the back trail is very easy and beautiful beyond description - at the upper falls you can wade in the splash pool and walk behind the fall to cool off in the mist - we added a picnic lunch at Guy Talbot State Park. Be sure to print out map because the unmarked trails can be confusing at first
Reviewed by Viewer on 7/30/2009
A Personal favorite, but a correction: It's no more than perhaps the 5th highest in Oregon. Mist Falls and Elowah, both in the Gorge, are higher.
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