Coopey Falls


Coopey Falls is located on the grounds of a convent in the Columbia River Gorge. You can view it from the Angel’s Rest trail, or you can ask permission to visit the convent and see the falls up close. I highly recommend the second option with one hesitation: It would be a tragedy for Coopey Falls to become as crowded as the other falls in the Gorge. The nuns are incredibly friendly and welcoming, but they are not in the waterfall tourist business. If you do visit the convent, please be respectful while you are there, and when you return home, don’t share this secret with too many of your friends.


My rating: Worth the Effort (2 stars) (Waterfall – 2 stars, Trail – 2 stars, Experience – 2 stars)

Distance from Beaverton: About an hour’s drive east

Nearest town: Corbett

Nearest city: Portland

County: Multnomah

Length of round-trip hike: Less than 0.2 mile

Best season to visit: Any

Consider combining this trip with: Any of the waterfalls in the gorge. Bridal Veil is the closest to the west, and Wahkeena Falls is the closest to the east. Upper Coopey Falls is farther upstream (viewed from the Angel’s Rest Trail).

Toilet / Amenities: None.

How to get there:

  • From Portland, take I-84 east.
  • Turn off at Exit 28 for Bridal Veil.
  • I’m going to let you figure it out from here. 🙂

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