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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Wahclella Falls

Updated: Apr 19

An easy, popular hike to a waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge.

Wahclella Falls

Waterfall Name: Wahclella Falls

Waterfall Coordinates: 45.61778, -121.95111

Waterfall Elevation: 454' Access: Trail Distance: 1.92 miles (round trip)

Elevation Range: 84' to 548'

Ascent/Descent: +1352 ft / -1350 ft Trail Type: In and out

Trails: Wahclella Falls Trail #436

Permits & Fees: Northwest Forest Pass required for parking Note: This is a popular hike and there are a lot of people on the trail. There are three bridges along the trail.

Location: Near Bonneville, OR within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, U.S.A. Date accessed: 11-29-19

I decided I wanted to get outside on Black Friday this year instead of shopping. No one else wanted to go with me so I went by myself. I got to the trailhead and there was limited parking that was all full. I drove up a hill near the trailhead and found a spot to park on the side of the road. I had to walk a little ways just to get to the trailhead.

It was a rather busy trail with a lot of people out hiking to Wahclella Falls. The trail was well maintained. Towards the start of the trail there is a waterfall right next to the trail called Munra Falls. The trail followed along a river through a slot canyon. The trail made its way uphill for a while then right before getting to the falls it dropped downhill to the river level. There are two bridges to cross near the waterfall. There was only one icy spot on the trail.

The waterfall was really pretty, but it wasn’t quite the solitude I was hoping for. I had to pass multiple groups of slower hikers. When I couldn’t pass it kinda felt like I was penguin waddling my way down the trail I was going so slow. So if you’re wanting a hike where you don’t see many other people this isn’t the hike to do.

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