Day Trip: White River Falls

  • Location: Maupin, Oregon
  • Google map: “White River Falls State Park”
  • Drive time from Portland: 2h
  • Permit: n/a
  • Intensity: minimal walking to viewpoint, optional steepish scramble to the bottom.
  • Open: Mar 15 – Oct 31
  • Pair with: eastern Gorge attractions like Columbia Hills Historical State Park (Horsethief Butte, Eightmile Creek Falls, Stacker Butte), Lower Deschutes River trail

This place had been on my list for probably three years. I don’t know what took me so long to get there because this waterfall is more grand than any photo I ever drooled over. I have such a thing for bodies of water in the desert and a waterfall, no less a ninety-foot waterfall, is the ultimate. This one is extra good because it’s pretty accessible for those who don’t want to hike, but if you do feel adventurous, you can scramble to the bottom of the falls on a trail where there’s an abandoned hydroelectric plant you can explore.

At two hours away, it’s a bit of a lofty drive to just do on it’s own. I would recommend pairing it with a trip to some of the attractions at Columbia Hills Historical State Park like Horsethief Butte or Stacker Butte or anything in the beautiful eastern Gorge. (The Columbia Hills spots require a Discover Pass or $10 for parking.)

White River Falls in its entirety

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Eastern Oregon scenes.

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