Hike to Elowah Falls

Oregon John B. Yeon Trailhead

Added by Scott Kranz

Avoid the crowds at Multnomah Falls without and hike to this amazing 220-foot, single drop waterfall.

Multnomah Falls, which is about 5 miles from Elowah takes a large portion of the crowd due to its visibility from the highway. With that said, you may get a much more deserted Elowah Falls if you decide to take the 15 minute hike to its base.

When you’re on the trail, keep an eye out for the fork in the trail at about 0.4 miles. There has been a sign in place indicating which direction you should head for the falls, but in case it’s missing, head to the left at the fork. If you’re up for it, go for a dip in the pool at the base of the falls. If you’d prefer to stay dry, there’s a bridge near the falls, which is great for viewing and setting up your camera.

Once you've enjoyed the falls, head back the way you came.

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

280 Feet



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7 months ago

Beautiful & Quiet

So much less congested than the other big name falls in the area. Easy trail.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Beautiful and Not Crowded

This is an easy hike to an awesome falls in any season. It is not as crowded as other nearby falls. I would recommend to anyone in the gorge!

7 months ago

10 months ago

If you're not afraid to get a little wet this is a beautiful falls to photograph. I like to get out on one of the big logs or rocks in the stream.

10 months ago

12 months ago

Awesome Waterfall!

Elowah isn't as well known as some of the others in the Columbia River Gorge and is usually not as crowded!

12 months ago

Added by Scott Kranz

Seattle-based Adventurer, Photographer, and Writer

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