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…

Bridal Veil Falls

We visited Bridal Veil Falls with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed the excursion. The trail is easy, and the waterfall is beautiful. Bonus activities include playing in the creek and hiking the upper trail which looks out over the Columbia River. The only downside to this trip is that you will most likely be sharing your…

Shepperd’s Dell Falls

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…

Wahkeena Falls & Fairy Falls

We visited Wahkeena Falls twice; the first time we went, we hadn’t done our research ahead of time and didn’t realize that Fairy Falls was waiting to be discovered farther up the trail. So of course we returned, and we thoroughly enjoyed both visits. Wahkeena Falls is a tiered waterfall that lives up the meaning of…

Gorton Creek

A trail beginning in the Wyeth Campground leads to a beautiful creekside hike and two waterfalls. An added bonus is that it is not well-known and thus not crowded like most other trails in the gorge. The trail itself actually ends at the first waterfall, a pretty ten-foot drop named Emerald Falls. After that point, we had to…

Harrison Falls

Harrison Falls is not on a trail, but it’s so close to I-84 I included it in my list of waterfalls to visit.  We parked on the side of the freeway, climbed over a decrepit wire fence, and scrambled through some overgrowth to catch the view pictured. We decided it would have been better to…

Starvation Creek

In the winter of 1884-1885, two Union Pacific Railroad trains got stuck in heavy snow about fifteen miles west of Hood River. For some days, the passengers were kept from starvation by men who packed supplies from Hood River on skis. The spot became known as Starvation Creek and is now marked by a state park….

Wahclella Falls

We took one of my son’s friends with us to Wahclella Falls, and his reaction as the waterfall came into view was, “Whoa! That is so cool!” It was really cute, and he was right. Wahclella is an impressive waterfall and is ranked #52 out of the Top 100 Waterfalls in the Northwest according to…

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls is the closest of the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls to Portland and is #99 on waterfallsnorthwest.com’s Top 100 Waterfalls of the Northwest. Beautiful any time of year, we visited in fall when the leaves were in color, and it was truly gorgeous. (By the way, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that “gorge”…

Horsetail Falls Loop

The Horsetail Falls Loop begins at the side of the Historic Highway with … you guessed it, Horsetail Falls (#65 of the Top 100 Waterfalls in the Northwest according to waterfallsnorthwest.com). It is possible to wade in the splash pool, but we visited in spring and didn’t want to test the water temperature quite yet….

Elowah Falls

Elowah Falls is rated #51 of the top 100 waterfalls in the Northwest by waterfallsnorthwest.com. It is also the first hike we took on our family waterfall adventures. The hike to Elowah is fairly easy, and the beauty of the falls combined with the accessibility of the creek below make it a must-see. There is…