Summary: If you're looking for a nice spot for a picnic very close to Portland, Bridal Veil Falls State Park will fit the bill. Just 12 or 13 miles from Troutdale, this park is easy to get to and offers a nice waterfall and a nice view of the Columbia River for those who may not be able to walk far. The view of the Columbia is on a small loop off the parking lot, and it's paved and less than a 1/2 mile. You'll come out on some cliffs in a fenced area just above the highway. To see the falls, take the trail on the east end of the parking area. It starts out paved, but that soon ends. It would be nice if it were paved all the way. There are a few rocky spots, but nothing that an elderly person couldn't manage with a helping hand. There is a nice big rock for the kids to climb on at the base of the falls, and a nice wooden viewpoint platform at the top of some well-built stairs. If you're a serious hiker this is a place you might take your elderly parents.
Trailhead: Several miles down I-84 from Portland heading eas, take the Bridal Veil exit. When you get to the historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway, take a right and go approximately 1 mile. There is a park with parking, restrooms and picnic areas. The trail head is at the east end of the parking lot. (Lat:45.5535 Lon:-122.18248)
Trail Guides for Bridal Veil Falls, Columbia Gorge Scenic Hwy :
Pacific Northwest Hiking 1000 Hikes in OR and WA
by Ron C. Judd and Dan A. Nelsen (Avalon Travel Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 503-668-1440
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by JKL on 6/23/2010
This was a great little hike! I took my dog and first went down to the falls, it was beautiful. Coming back up I did take a couple breaks, but there are plenty of benches to sit and take a rest along the trail so it was no problem at all. Once at the top, I took the easier, level trail that goes to the left of the restrooms to the lookout points, it was a nice break to sit at the picnic tables, watching the chipmunks and birds and we even saw a little bunny. I'll definitely be going again, and taking a picnic with me!
Reviewed by Jdd on 8/6/2009
The Bridal Veil Falls Trail is real nice. To start it off, take the trail on the WEST side parking lot and go 50 yards to an intersection. Turn left for a 100 ft. loop trail with two picnic tables and a nice view of the gorge. Continue another half mile past 3 more views of the gorge and some more picnic tables. (The entire part I just talked about is not shown on the map that Steve Snyder put in.) Then at some restrooms, take the trail left a tenth of a mile past three benches down a lot to a switchback. Go down that a qaurter mile to the falls. A lovely two tiered waterfall. Now climb back the way you came to the restrooms. Go left to the parking lot and then check out the Bridal Veil Lakes Trail for 1.2 miles.
Reviewed by Sandra on 7/7/2009
I've waited 26 years to hike this. Due to health problems and construction on the trail. It was so worth the wait. Once I was there I didn't want to go back up. The view was wonderful and it had a feeling of peace. I would due this hike again and again.
Reviewed by Steve on 9/14/2006
Nice easy parklike hike. The trail down to the falls is about 1/3 of a mile long (2/3 mile round trip). The review by Camille sounds like Latourell Falls, not Bridal Veil.
Reviewed by PS on 8/5/2006
A lovely hike, steep but brief, with a view of the waterfall. The hike is less than a mile long as listed in the description. The March review talking about a 2 mile long hike where you go behind the waterfall sounds like another hike in the gorge, not this one, as neither of those things pertain to this hike.
Reviewed by M.B. on 5/30/2005
well it was closed when we went there so we only got a short trail. it was nice but only 2/3 mile.
Reviewed by Camille on 3/16/2005
it was a awesome hike!!! my Family and I had tons of fun! the hike was very easy, it was beautifull! we got to go BEHIND the water fall! it was very fun!!! there where a few logs in the path, you had to walk over, but who cares!?! the hike was about 2 miles long, (thats what it said there) and its a 2 hour hike! I really recomend going!!! and for snake lovers we found a 2 foot garder snake!!!! right on the trail! it ran away, and the first, sound of us, so go if U do like Snakes or go if U dont, we only found one, and it almost got away from us!!!
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