Hike to Wahclella Falls

Oregon Wahclella Falls Trail

Added by Vic Garcia

  • Quick and easy 2-mile roundtrip hike
  • Take in the powerful 65-foot Lower Wahclella Falls
  • Duration: 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.

Pack List

  • 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
  • Headlamp
  • Sandwich
  • Sunnies
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Hiking, Photography

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Year Round

Trail Type:



2 Miles



Dog Friendly

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How to Get There

3 months ago

Take Your Guests

I always take my guests and family who come from other states here. It's an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. However, it does get crowded during the day, so try to aim for an early morning.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Wonder Falls

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.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Short But Sweet

The 2 mile out and back hike to the falls is perfect for photographers who have heavy gear, kids, and also for dogs!! Be careful though it does get crowded on weekends and the parking lot is pretty small.

4 months ago

7 months ago

Natural AC

A sheer delight on a hot day. A short loop in to some pretty stunning falls with lots of options to dangle your feet in the cold mountain stream.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Easy and Scenic

This is a very easy and beautiful hike and photography destination. Highly recommend! Lots of smaller falls on the sides when you are nearing the falls as well.

8 months ago

10 months ago

If you don't get here early in the morning it can be fairly busy. My favorite spot for photographing it is up high on the scree pile to the left if you're looking out from the falls.

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

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.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

great spot to chill for the afternoon

there are good spots to sit out for a picnic or just chillin - especially if it's a sunny day.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago

Added by Vic Garcia

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