Nestled in the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge, Ainsworth is equal parts waterfall wonderland, hiker's playground and camper's delight. Situated at the eastern end of Historic Highway 30, from Ainsworth to Crown Point to the west, you'll find the world's greatest concentration of high waterfalls (like Multnomah Falls). By leaving the park on Nesmith Point trail, you'll end up with a splendid view of St. Peter's Dome, a majestic basalt monolith rising 2,000 feet above the mighty Columbia River. Hiking is definitely something you'll want to do while camping at Ainsworth State Park. Back at the campground, you'll find 45 peaceful full-service campsites canopied in a laid-back, tree-filled setting. There are also four walk-in tent sites for a more primitive camping experience. This is a classic campground ... the smell of a campfire is your constant companion. Flush toilets, showers, a camp host, firewood and an amphitheater with interpretive programs are all here. Top it off with a roaring creek at the east end of the park, and you have all the makings for a great camping trip.
Such fun! My teenage son voted this his favorite hike of the year. It was raining when we went but we had to wade through chest deep water to reach the falls anyway so we were going to be wet anyway. I loved climbing over the log deck. It felt very adventuresome. Loved it.
We have made this long-planned trail today. Absolutely no doubt, it is worth your time and a must-undertake adventure generously flavored with magnificent views. However, keep two things in mind:
1) go there somehow in a weekday. We went on Saturday, and it looked like all the bourgeoisie from Oregon and Washington crowded every single spot. Crowds of people, peeple, pipl... It took us 40 min to get from Bridal Veil to Multnomah Falls because of jam and insufficient parking space. No wonder, it heavily rained all the week, showers were forecast for Sunday, and Saturday was the only sunny window;
2) do not take food with you - no civilized place to eat. Well, on a woody trail like Kentucky falls you do not expect picnic tables but here I assumed they should be because the area is massively visited. Alas! We carried some pounds of food+dishes+cutlery uphill and downhill and we had to eat our lunch in the car.
Hiked up from Multnomah and to Weisendanger Falls. It's an easy hike once you get up the mountain from the overlook. Make sure to bring plenty of water and layer up on dress code. Wear hiking or water shoes because you will be tempted to get into the water. Do it early in the morning to avoid heavy foot traffic (Visited 9-22-16)
This waterfall is definitely a must see and make sure you explore all the way to the top. My friends and I purposely arrived at 8am so we can take pictures without obstruction from tourists and hike up the trail freely with no heavy traffic. It was definitely worth it! It's my second time to come here in 3 months and I will be back (Visited 9-23-16)
This is a great hike to do, if you are passing by. The views of the waterfall are well worth any energy that you might expend. There is a parking area at the trail head. Be advised that it can fill up on the weekends.
There is a shop, restaurant, and restrooms at the base of the trail. The trail is well marked and maintained. I have hiked this at all times of year, even in a suit and tie. It is a great hike anytime.
Be aware of ice on the trail in winter! It is VERY slippery.
I definitely would not say this was easy for "all skill levels." Yes, if you are in great physical shape, it would be easy. The grades are steep. there are 11 switchbacks, steep dropoffs on much of the trail. If you're not on the best shape...If you're significantly overweight...this could be very challenging. I went with my 27 year old daughter, and i.e. was, indeed, very easy for her, but It was one of the hardest things I've done in my life, but I made it, thanks largely to her encouragement, but mostly to the strengthening Power and Presence of God. I would do it again when I'm in shape.