Hike to Wahclella Falls

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Distance

2 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Vic Garcia

Quick and easy 2-mile roundtrip hike. Take in the powerful 65-foot Lower Wahclella Falls. Duration: 1-2 hours.

This is a very short and fairly easy, 1 mile in – 1 mile out, hike with a little bit of elevation gain. I took my time hiking and enjoying the scenery with the intention of this being a photo heavy trip. When I got to the end I spent at least an hour shooting from every angle I saw fit. Once you arrive at the falls though, all you can do for at least a minute is stand in absolute awe at the power and beauty of this waterfall.

What makes this hike so great is its accessibility. The trailhead is easy to find and the hike is short enough that once you are done gawking, you have time to jump back in the car and do another hike.

Something to remember - Be prepared to pay the $5 fee at any Gorge trailhead OR just buy a Northwest Pass if you do enough hiking to justify it. Those are only $30 and you can pick them up at your local REI or other outdoor retailers.

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awesome for you & your pup

I left to do this hike after work on a week night, and still had plenty of time to explore after the drive out. The falls are easy to find, and so are ways to get down to the river and do a lil side exploring. My pup was stoked on it too.

Short Lil Hike

This was shorter than expected but with decent elevation gain for a 45 minute hike. Grab a brew at hood river afterward!

Gorgeous

Stunning and easy hike! Definitely recommend going during the rainy season so you can see all the amazing seasonal waterfalls.

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over 4 years ago

Crowded but beautiful

Fairly easy hike up to another breathtaking waterfall in the region. Quite a bit of mist comes off, bring a cloth for your camera. Also be prepared for major crowds, parking can be difficult on weekends the two lane road that leads along there gets packed with traffic as well. Worth a trip if you go early!

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over 4 years ago

Personal Favorite

Out of all of the waterfalls in the gorge this one is my favorite. An Easy and scenic hike makes this a must do. During the rainy season you will find small waterfalls throughout the hike. Highly recommended!

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