Paulina Creek Falls

During my research, there were a handful of waterfalls whose pictures made me pause in admiration and think, “One day, I get to go there!” Paulina Creek Falls was one of those, and it did not disappoint. A pair of 80′ waterfalls pour side by side from Paulina Lake to the rocky ground below. There are…

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….

Fishhawk Falls & Barth Falls

There are three waterfalls off of Highway 202 between Jewell and Astoria. The first, Little Fishhawk Falls, is viewed from the northern parking lot of the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area. The wildlife area provides food and habitat for wintering Roosevelt elk and other native wildlife species. The animals are the reason to visit this spot,…

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…

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park is an absolute Must See for waterfall lovers in Oregon. There are 11 named falls in the park, even though the hiking trail is called “Trail of Ten Falls.” We visited in March, when there were innumerable seasonal falls as well, and I included 2 of those on my list for a…

McDowell Creek Falls

Four waterfalls can be found within McDowell Creek Falls County Park. The trail is an easy loop which can be tackled from either direction. I suggest crossing the bridge at Royal Terrace instead of hiking to the top; that way, you’ll approach Majestic Falls from the bottom instead of the top. Either choice will take you to Royal Terrace…

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…

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….

Horseshoe Falls / Ayers Creek

We have not taken this trip yet.  The falls are located on private property owned by Longview Fiber Company, which only allows adults to hike to the falls.  The trails are not marked as trails and require bushwhacking. Confession:  Ayers Creek and Upper Ayers Creek are recommended for experienced bushwhackers only, but I left them…

Shellburg Falls

(Featured image credit goes to Max Radke. Used with permission.) Shellburg Falls is one of my favorites. The trail goes behind the waterfall, and the volume of the stream (at least in August) is small enough that you can actually stand in the waterfall itself. You can also wade in the splash pool. It’s a…