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“Crowded and challenging for kids/older adults, but beautiful”
Review of Wahclella Falls

Wahclella Falls
Ranked #46 of 411 things to do in Portland
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Reviewed August 30, 2017

Came b/c our intended trail was blocked by wildfires. Beautiful hike. Starts off easy, but after the first waterfall, it becomes narrow and more difficult with children and for someone with limited vision, especially with it being crowded. Gorgeous falls.

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Reviewed August 27, 2017

This is a thoroughly enjoyable one-mile hike with a spectacular view of the falls as your reward. Although the first part of the hike is fairly flat, the second half involves uphill, a bit of downhill, twists, turns and rocks and roots. If you take children, keep an eye on them and make sure they wear good shoes - NOT flipflops or flimsy sandals. (We saw one small child narrowly miss tumbling down a cliff - she was running, had on flipflops and her parents were not very attentive.) The views along the trail are beautiful and varied. HIghly recommend!

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Reviewed July 31, 2017

Other waterfalls get all the attention in the Columbia River Gorge, but this was our favorite over all the others. We didn't know about until a ranger at Bonneville Dam told us. Even several Portland locals we talked to afterward never had heard of it. The trailhead sign says its a one-mile hike, but it sure feels longer than that. Every step is worthwhile, though, for the sight of this secluded and picturesque waterfall. If you're up for a moderate hike and want to be rewarded with a true hidden gem in nature, go to Wahclella. There's only a small parking lot at the trailhead, but some additional parking is available along the road to the left.

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Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

Multnomah Falls tops most people's list of falls to see when visiting the Columbia River Gorge, but I would argue that this one is even better! A 2 mile loop hike (1 mile each way) that is easy to moderate (more easy than moderate) with an amazing view as your reward.

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Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

We showed up early and the teeny lot was already full. We parked along the side of the road, so all was not lost. It was an easy-ish hike. And the payoff was amazing! The 1st falls was very pretty. But Wahclella falls were gorgeous. I totally recommend going. You have to pay 5 bucks at the trailhead. Well worth it!

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