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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RT Distance 2 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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awesome for you & your pup

I left to do this hike after work on a week night, and still had plenty of time to explore after the drive out. The falls are easy to find, and so are ways to get down to the river and do a lil side exploring. My pup was stoked on it too.

Short Lil Hike

This was shorter than expected but with decent elevation gain for a 45 minute hike. Grab a brew at hood river afterward!

Gorgeous

Stunning and easy hike! Definitely recommend going during the rainy season so you can see all the amazing seasonal waterfalls.


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