Portland: Wahclella Falls

Visit four waterfalls amid huge Douglas firs and boulders carpeted in shaggy moss on this 3.4-mile lollipop loop in the Columbia River Gorge.
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Visit four waterfalls amid huge Douglas firs and boulders carpeted in shaggy moss on this 3.4-mile lollipop loop in the Columbia River Gorge.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.1

Waypoints

WFT001

Location: 45.629150390625, -121.964050292969

Head E on fire road lined with bramble bushes to pick up Trail 400. Railroad trestle on L; trail climbs steadily

WFT002

Location: 45.6302833557129, -121.955986022949

Turn L @ T; sporadic views of the Columbia River and Bonneville Dam

WFT003

Location: 45.6308822631836, -121.95531463623

Take R onto abandoned paved road. In 100 yds., turn R toward Wahclella Falls

WFT004

Location: 45.6313667297363, -121.953964233398

Take dirt trail along roaring Tanner Creek. Canyon wall on L

WFT005

Location: 45.6275177001953, -121.953765869141

In spring, salmon leap up the fish ladder in the rapids on R; huge Douglas firs

WFT006

Location: 45.6268005371094, -121.953636169434

Photo op: A curtain of whitewater falls near wooden bridge

WFT007

Location: 45.623851776123, -121.952346801758

Trail climbs 25 wooden steps up to a viewpoint overlooking an unnamed fall cascading on opposite side of Tanner Creek. After viewpoint, swing L and continue climbing

WFT008

Location: 45.6222114562988, -121.951530456543

Wooden bridge spans river; begin lollipop loop (head S)

WFT009

Location: 45.6202850341797, -121.95093536377

Wahclella Falls drops 350 ft. over two tiers into a deep pool

WFT010

Location: 45.6190986633301, -121.951133728027

Pass another horsetail-shaped waterfall. Ahead on L is a rocky overhang

WFT011

Location: 45.6192169189453, -121.951599121094

Take long wooden bridge over Tanner Creek; splendid views of river and canyons on both sides

WFT012

Location: 45.6206817626953, -121.951835632324

Continue N and close loop @ WPT 8; backtrack to trailhead