Sept. 2015: I was pretty much in heaven while touring the Columbia River Gorge and going from waterfall to waterfall all ga-ga, looking up, down and all around trying to decide which one and which view was prettiest. You could go crazy trying to determine that one, so I just decided that my favorite one was whichever one I was seeing and hearing at the time.
There are many more waterfalls on the gorge than I was able to see, but here are the ones most easily accessible or visible from the road.
Here they are in order if you’re traveling west to east on Historic Hwy. 30:
This beauty can be seen right from the road (Historic U.S. 30) and there is a parking area directly across. A 176′ plunge from top to bottom.
An epic view of an amazing waterfall well known to so many who haven’t even been to the gorge. While you can catch a glimpse of it from either I-84 or US 30, don’t be content with that. There is ample parking for RVs in a lot from the I-84 exit.
A pretty and easy .2 mile walk will take you to the bridge where you can feel the refreshing spray and see the first pool from the main falls (541′) before it continues the plunge to the very bottom pool (79′).
The falls serve as a backdrop if you eat at the Multnomah Falls Lodge Restaurant – a little pricey in my opinion, but it was convenient, the food was good and a welcome break. There are other snacks and dessert options outside the restaurant as well.
Short (242′) but sweet. The Yakama Tribe word means “most beautiful” and it’s hard to argue with that when you’re standing there listening to its sweet sounds.
A very pretty and woodsy .2 mile walk will get you a closer viewpoint. It was especially cool that I was able to share this day with my fellow solo woman RVing friend, Judy.
Getting to this view is well worth it!
This one is not visible from Hwy. 30 and it takes a little more effort to get there. I heard you can see it from I-84, but I never caught a glimpse of it from there. Although pretty much impossible to choose, if I absolutely had to, I’d have to say this was my favorite.
The trail is .6 mile and is pretty easy with 70′ gain in elevation and some steps, but well worth it.
Here’s the extent of the obstructed view you’ll get from the parking lot, so don’t settle for that.
The view at the end of the easy 1 mile trail to this stretch-your-neck view to see the whole drop (249′) is more than worth it.
Video of some of the waterfalls because the sounds are wonderful, too:
This map shows the location and order of the falls as you drive Historic U.S. Hwy. 30 either east from Troutdale (gateway to the gorge on that side) or heading west from The Dalles.
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