Hike to Wahclella Falls
Oregon › Wahclella Falls Trail
Added by Vic Garcia
Quick and easy 2-mile roundtrip hikeTake in the powerful 65-foot Lower Wahclella FallsDuration: 1-2 hours
This is a very short and fairly easy, 1 mile in – 1 mile out, hike with a little bit of elevation gain. I took my time hiking and enjoying the scenery with the intention of this being a photo heavy trip. When I got to the end I spent at least an hour shooting from every angle I saw fit. Once you arrive at the falls though, all you can do for at least a minute is stand in absolute awe at the power and beauty of this waterfall.
What makes this hike so great is its accessibility. The trailhead is easy to find and the hike is short enough that once you are done gawking, you have time to jump back in the car and do another hike.
Something to remember - Be prepared to pay the $5 fee at any Gorge trailhead OR just buy a Northwest Pass if you do enough hiking to justify it. Those are only $30 and you can pick them up at your local REI or other outdoor retailers.
- Since this is a shorter hike you don’t need too much
- At the top of your list should always be water - long or short is the most basic necessity
- I always have matches with as well
- $5 Cash for parking of your Northwest Pass
- Poler Excursion Pack and insert
- Canon 5D Mark ii - It’s my baby
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Crowded but beautiful
Fairly easy hike up to another breathtaking waterfall in the region. Quite a bit of mist comes off, bring a cloth for your camera. Also be prepared for major crowds, parking can be difficult on weekends the two lane road that leads along there gets packed with traffic as well. Worth a trip if you go early!
I went on a foggy day so there were less people around, but that meant it was a little slippery around the falls. The water flow was gushing though and was stunning. I set up my hammock between two trees and had a great view of it, as well as the lovely tree tops above me when I wanted to lay back and relax. It was a short hike with a rewarding end, and there's several other hikes nearby to keep the nature fun going.
Wahclella is my favorite waterfall of the gorge so far. The first time I was in Oregon I somehow missed it, so don't make the same mistake! Especially since it is a very short hike and won't take much time away from plans, it is a definite must-see.
A scene from Homeward Bound was filmed near the base of the falls. If you're a history buff, as you walk along the access road from the parking lot to the fish hatchery dam, look up the hillside to the East and you might spot some remnants of a turn of the century water flume that served the old hatchery. Only downside is the crowds.
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