Wahclella Falls

  • Level: Easy (Beginner Level: Doable)
  • Length: 2 miles
  • Elevation: 380 ft. gain
  • Type: lollipop loop
  • Open: all year

Further Details

  • Permit: Northwest Forest Pass *or* $5
  • Drive time from Portland: 45 min.
  • Google map: “Wahclella Falls Trail”
  • Features: Columbia River Gorge, waterfalls, basalt gorge, Tanner Creek, Munra Point, Bonneville Dam

This lichen-choked, moss-quilted basalt gorge trek is an unreal gem suitable for people of most levels. The best part? Your half-way prize is a massive waterfall that looks, bluntly, like a giant other worldly vagina. If you find that offensive or weird, you must not be paying attention when you’re out in nature because there are so many things that look like genitals. It is awesome. Nature is a language.

If two miles sounds kinda boring, pair it with another Gorge hike or three, as I do. If you are a beginner, I encourage you to push through the extremely short, but steep, incline to collect your well-deserved nature prize.

From the trailhead:

The trail begins on an old gated road that shortly becomes a narrow dirt trail. You’ll pass a water intake dam on the right and just after that, 60-foot Munra Falls on the left. At the 0.8 mile mark, you’ll reach a fork in the trail. Stay left for another 0.2 mile to the incredible Wahclella Falls. When you’re done worshipping and taking too many selfies, head over the bridge to the right and follow the path for a bit longer leading to another bridge. Cross the bridge and head up this last short hill before reconnecting with the trail you came in on.

IMG_8306Brie looking so stupidly cute.

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