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Take a short walk to the base of the falls, where there is a small pool, so you can get up very close. If you want to stretch your legs, take the 2.4 mile loop to the top of Latourell Falls.
Latourell Falls is a beautiful and unique waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. This amazing waterfall is just a few hundred yards from the road and parking lot. Once you park, there is a viewpoint for the falls that is straight ahead.
The view from there isn't that great compared to what you will find if you take the short trail that starts near the bridge and goes to the base of the falls. The trail is really short, only a few hundred yards. You can do some exploring once you reach the falls and go behind the falls if you wish. Latourell Falls has an unusually small pool that it drops into so you can actually walk right up to the edge of the falls for an epic photo op. Be warned though, you will get soaked.
- Waterproof Jacket (if you plan to go close to the falls)
- Camera and Tripod
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The lower falls that everyone sees are incredible do to the height, but the hike to upper Latourell falls is so worth it. The falls cascade down for a brief moment then funnel to the left where the water then plummets to a small pool.
Felt like Iceland
This waterfall felt like many of the falls in Iceland, with basalt columns and an area you can walk behind. It is stunning. That being said, get here a little after sunrise on a weekday for the best chance at having it to yourself. It can get very crowded on the weekends. And as someone else said: if you're a photographer, bring plenty of lens clothes to keep your glass dry!
This waterfall was gorgeous and everything I hoped for. Being new to the city of Portland and hailing from the East I was anxious to get out of the city and into the woods. With a strain in my foot I wasn't looking for anything big, just, enough to appreciate my new home. I was not disappointed. Highly recommended!
Beautiful Falls; Less Touristy than Multnomah
I enjoyed this spot the most out of the waterfalls we visited on our trip through Oregon. It was lovely and a lot less tourist-y than Multnomah. If you want to get good shots, make sure to bring a camera with a wide angle lens. I only had my iPhone with me and while I did manage to get a full shot using pano and tilting my phone horizontal, it was a pain and the shot could have been a lot better.
One of my favorite in the gorge!
I absolutely love Latourell Falls - between its easy access, the numerous vantage points, and the colorful moss-covered basalt columns that it flows over, it's easily one of my favorite falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Only downside is that because it is so easily accessed (it's right off I-84 and only 500 feet from the parking lot) it can get very crowded on weekends.
Just like all the other falls along the historic highway, this place was gorgeous! We didn't get a chance to spend to much time here to hike all the trails around it, but we did notice that there is a way for you to hike all the way up to the top if you have time! Bonus about the falls: It's much less busy than multnomah and some of the others along the falls and just as beautiful, come check out this one if you'd like a chance to get super close to the falls without having to fight for space for a good photo.
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