Chitwood Falls

  Chitwood Falls drops into the ocean, tucked into the back of Hart’s Cove. The waterfall is not all that spectacular by itself, but the view of the ocean and the beauty of the hike definitely make this trip one worth taking.   After hiking a mile and a half through old growth forest, you’ll…

Sevenmile Creek Falls

Niagara County Park marks the location of the former town of Niagara, founded in 1890 and lasting for around 45 years. The plan was to build a dam on the North Santiam River, but nature had other ideas, and construction was abandoned in 1912. A short walk from the parking lot leads to the remains…

Jack Falls (Columbia County)

Jack Falls can be seen from Highway 30, but for a better view, you can walk a third of a mile on an old overgrown road to the base of the falls. This is definitely the way to go. The waterfall is tall enough to be appreciated despite its small volume, and the stroll through…

Beaver Falls

Beaver Falls was our 100th waterfall. It was beautiful. I’m quite pleased with our choice for this milestone excursion. We had trouble finding the trailhead when we arrived. It turns out that we should have taken the trail marked “Danger, Trail Closed.” (The Outdoor Project’s website is reporting that the last part of the trail washed out in…

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…

Devil Canyon Falls

Our directions to Devil Canyon Falls said, “The road is usually navigable by automobiles during the summertime.” Mysterious statement, right? Here’s what it should have said: “Even in July, you’ll most likely encounter puddles the width of the road and several car lengths’ long.” And who knows how deep! To get to the viewpoint for…

Little Zigzag Falls

I absolutely loved the trail to Little Zigzag Falls! It hugs the river almost the whole way to the waterfall, and it’s very scenic. Plus, it’s short and easy. The waterfall itself is not all that spectacular, but with such great access to the river, there is plenty of fun to be found. SUMMARY: My…

Yocum Falls

Our first attempt to find Yocum Falls was in March, over Spring Break, and there was still snow on the ground. We were not successful. In July we returned, and with a clear view of the ground we were able to make our way down to the waterfall. The hike begins at the historic marker…

Gunaldo Falls & Cosper Creek Falls

Gunaldo Falls is a bushwhack, but a fairly easy one. There is a sense of adventure in finding off-trail waterfalls, trudging through seemingly untouched nature, hoping that you are heading in the right direction. The area around Gunaldo Falls, however, is unfortunately not untouched. There is plenty of trash, broken glass, and even an abandoned…

Shotgun Falls

In February 2016, we visited the Molalla River Recreation Area, which offers a scenic drive along the Molalla River as well as opportunities for camping, boating, swimming, and of course, waterfalls. Lower Shotgun Falls is only about 300 feet off the road. The “trail” hugs the creek and crosses right in front of this 15-foot drop….