Summary: The view of Wahkeena Falls is best right next to the highway. You can walk .2 miles on a paved path to a spot right next to the lowest stage of the falls, and there's a nice bench to rest on. From here up to the viewpoint, the fast switchbacks take you hundreds of feet up in a very short period of time. This is a very old trail, so it's well established and fairly wide. The viewpoint at the top affords a view of the Columbia, but not of the falls. Take the path south up the hill for some pretty stream views, then up a few more switchbacks to Fairy Falls. Just above Fairy Falls the trail splits. You can get to many of the Gorge trails and destinations from here, including the Larch Mountain Trail, Devil's Rest, Angel's Rest and more. If you stay to the right you can go up to Wahkeena Springs and then over to the Larch Mountain Trail and then loop back to this spot and down to the trailhead. The distance recorded for this trail is just for the hike up to Fairy Falls.
Trailhead: From Portland head east on I-84 and take the Bridal Veil exit. At the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway, take a left heading east and go approximately 3 miles, just before Multnomah falls. There is parking on both sides of the highway, and the trail head is on the south side of the highway, heading west. There is another trail that connects this trail head to Multnomah Falls, heading east. (Lat:45.57552 Lon:-122.12741)
Trail Guides for Wahkeena Falls/Fairy Falls Columbia Gorge Hwy:
Pacific Northwest Hiking 1000 Hikes in OR and WA
by Ron C. Judd and Dan A. Nelsen (Avalon Travel Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
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 LL on 6/2/2006
I went on the Wahkenna Falls hiking trail with my classmates on a field trip. It was awesome. I had so much fun even though it was raining. From there, we headed to Multnomah Falls.
Reviewed by MosesHikers on 4/22/2006
We did this hike with three children, ages 7,6, and 3 (I carried the 3 year old most of the way). We went up about a mile. The huge rocks were amazing. It is a beautiful hike. The trail is good and there are benches along the way for resting. The waterfall was pretty wet.
Reviewed by HadW on 3/31/2006
Hiked this loop yesterday (March 30, 2006)It was very beautiful, my daughter Zoe ane I hiked in thick mist (aka rain)up to the level of cloud cover. Wahkeena Falls, on up to Fairy Falls - looking down on the mighty Columbia River at any time. Every bit is a misty mysterious wonderful place; once on top hike over to Multonomah Falls, down hill to base then short walk west to starting point.
Reviewed by Sherrie on 6/21/2005
You can spend half a day on this hike, because it goes up well beyond fairy falls. I went with a friend and we ran out of time, I will DEFINATELY be back to this spot - it's a beautiful hike! If you park in the lot where you're in front of the main falls, be sure to go RIGHT across the bridge and up. We went left and ended up at another parking lot. photos: http://photobucket.com/albums/y152/Tanapics/Wahkeena%20Falls/
Reviewed by Laura on 5/11/2005
I was proposed to at Wahkeena Springs! It's our favorite place, so beautiful...
Reviewed by Jeff on 6/20/2004
One of the prettiest Oregon hikes around. Accessible easily, not horribly crowded, cool, variety of sights and colors. I would do this a few times a year.
Reviewed by Graham on 5/22/2004
The hike starts at a parking lot, as many of the Oregonian Cascades waterfalls. it gets more and more difficult, with switchbacks first before giving way to a steep slope inside a gully. Beautiful views of water tumbling down along the way. I didn't make it to Fairy Falls however, as my sister was getting uncomfortable with the thin air (one gets past the clouds and one can see the Columbia River snaking between the trees!)
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