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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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.

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.

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.


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