Shepperd’s Dell is one of the lesser waterfalls off of the Historic Highway in the Columbia River Gorge. The parking is not great; there is no parking lot, just room on the side of the road for a few cars.
The waterfall itself is split into multiple tiers, only a few of which are visible. The very brief trail leads to the base of the two short upper drops (which are actually middle drops when considering the tiers that are hidden from view). The lower tier is clearly visible from the path.
The bridge at Shepperd’s Dell is worth noting. Built in 1914, it adds interest to the backdrop of the waterfall.
My rating: Worth the Effort (2 stars) (Waterfall – 3 stars, Trail – 2 stars, Experience – 2 stars)
Distance from Beaverton: About an hour’s drive east
Nearest town: Corbett
Nearest city: Portland
Length of round-trip hike: 0.2 mile
Best season to visit: Any
Things to know: The historic highway can get crazy busy on summer weekends. Obviously, be careful when walking across the road. Because of the parking/highway situation, this is probably not the best waterfall to visit with young children.
Consider combining this trip with: Any of the waterfalls in the gorge. Latourell is the closest to the west, and Bridal Veil is the closest to the east.
Toilet / Amenities: None
How to get there:
- From Portland, take I-84 east.
- Turn off at Exit 28 for Bridal Veil.
- After 0.6 miles come to a junction and bear right to a stop sign.
- Turn right onto the historic highway and drive 1.7 miles to a pullout on the right before a bridge.
- Cross the road to the trailhead.