Water Fall

The Columbia Gorge is home to numerous breathtaking waterfalls. Some may take a little hiking to get to, but all of them are well worth visiting. The Gorge’s waterfalls vary in height and force, so visiting just one of them is rarely enough! Seeing these incredible waterfalls will help you truly appreciate our planet’s natural beauty. No matter which waterfall(s) you visit during your stay with us, you’ll surely enjoy the opportunity to connect with nature and soak in the local beauty.

PLUNGE
Drops vertically and away from the cliffside, losing contact with bedrock. Multnomah Falls is a classic example and so is Latourell Falls.

plunge

TIER
Falls, then falls, then falls again. It has sereral “tiers”- separate falls that can all be viewed all at once. Wahkeena is tiered as well as Bridal Veil…

tier

BLOCK
Pours over a wide section of a stream. Dutchman Falls along upper Multnomah Creek is a block shape and can be seen at the 1.7 mile point on Larch Mountain Trail #441.

block

CASCADE
Tumbles along a series of rock steps. You’ll find a fine model by following the directions to Dutchman Falls, then hiking 0.2 of a mile (a total of 1.9 miles from the trailhead) to Upper Multnomah Falls, near the junction with Wahkeena Trail #420.

cascade

PUNCHBOWL
Pours out of a narrow opening in the stream and into a pool. Punchbowl Falls, a 2.1 mile hike on Eagle Creek Trail, features a viewpoint and bench- the perfect combination for a rest stop.

punchpowl

FAN
Descends from a stream above and is similar to a horsetail but it gets broader or “fans out” at the bottom. See fan-shaped falls by hiking the Wahkeena Trail #420 a little over a mile from the trailhead to Fairy Falls.

fan

HORSETAIL
Looks just like a horsetail. Dropping vertically, it maintains contact with bedrock. Oneonta and Horsetail Falls are good examples.

horsetail

SEGMENTS
Separate into several parts. Examples include Triple Falls on Oneonta Trail #424, and upper McCord Creek Falls on the Elowah Falls Trail out of John B. Yeon State Park.

segments

Information provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Portland District)