Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 hours ago

Beautiful hike. Started on upper trail which left the waterfall for our lunch break.

Absolutely gorgeous! We started on the lower part of the trail which proved to be a steady climb on a single trail. Most hikers came from the other direction. Plenty of tree cover with a cool breeze. The views were outstanding. There were lots of beautiful flowers as you reach the top. Enjoyed thimbleberries most of the way. Lots of uneven, rocky steps and tree trunks.

This is one of my favorite hikes. A little over grown on the lower half. I am sure that will be gone soon! Amazing views.

This was such an amazing hike! The Upper Trail has absolutely stunning viewpoints and the incline to get there isn't too bad. If you're feeling like you're up for a long hike, the lower trail is open now, it took 3 hours to finish the whole thing. I recommend doing the Upper Trail first because there is a small waterfall about 3/4 of the way through the hike to help cool you down.

The Lower Trail is now open.
The start from Upper Trail is steep and takes some stamina but the views are worth it. The hike to viewpoint is less than halfway around the loop. Lower Trail/2nd portion of loop starts out ok but gets tricky with lots of narrow pathway, loose rocks, and slippery ground. After walking over lava rocks in summer you want to jump in the waterfall but the waterfall itself is rather skimpy right now.
Overall, an interesting hike with varied terrain but footing on lower trail is challenging (hiking shoes suggested) and total loop is def closer to 7.5 miles, as other reviewers have stated.

Beautiful hike but a little disappointed that about half of the trail is closed due to falcon mating season and a fire. We went about 2 miles one way then turned around and came back. Looking forward to the entire loop being open. Didn’t pass that many hikers and the silence is golden.

hiking
20 days ago

The views are great. There are lots of roots and rocks on part of the trail, but otherwise it's in good condition. The loop is still closed, but you can go out about 4 mi and back for a nice 8 mi hike. The amphitheater is a cool lookout and lunch spot.

The trails are closed. I can’t believe I drove out here and didn’t know they were closed.

Great trail, something for everyone, views, water fall, lots of activity areas, get there early, parking fills up fast.

Such a pretty hike. Nice hike to get a little bit of everything from the gorge.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! Great views, good workout!

Did this hike back in January of 2017 and it was icy and slick which made the trek harder than it would be in the spring or summer months.

Hiked with my 10 mo old in tow. Lower trails were closed but viewpoints at the top were awesome! Lots of switchbacks and pretty steep. Made for a good workout. Can't wait to come back and do the whole loop with the waterfalls included!

05/20/2018 Good hike with multiple viewpoints. Features a decent amount of elevation gain. Trail is somewhat narrow. It can get crowded on the weekends, parking in particular. Lower half of the trail was closed due to falcon mating season. Trail has plenty of shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Always one of my favorites!

Excellent hike, starts with good elevation gain. Has an amphitheatre type location at top the little history of the land.

Beautiful once you get to the top and well worth it! Expect rocky dry terrain until you do. You will pass horsetail falls along the way. Horsetail falls is more crowded, but I only saw a couple of ppl up at Triple falls.

I was able to take my 5 year old on this trail with no problems, though he's an adventurous, extremely active kiddo. He struggled at times on elevation gain, and we kept an eye on him as there are always drops... The hike itself is beautiful, I absolutely love how green the gorge is, and this hike is beautiful. You have options to kick off to see other waterfalls, but Triple Falls is absolutely amazing. My family likes to go past the falls, over the bridge, and there's a little area there to have a snack, lunch, play a game, or just chill.

Fun hike with lots of viewpoints. The purple blooms along the trail were really pretty as well. Trail is not the best for trail running but certainly worth checking out.

2 months ago

Good trail for a moderate hike. 8M out/back to the closed section which opens in July.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on May 4: this hike has it all: waterfalls, wildflowers, a few old growths, scenic gorge views, foot bridges, tunnel and delphinium lined trails. Lower trail closed, clocked 8.77 Miles on my i-watch doing an out and back course. Well maintained paths with excellent signage...

Love this trail. I didn't do the full loop as it was really windy when I got up to the top, but I did look at the map when I got back to the parking area and then hiked the lower trail to the second waterfall. it was a day after rains and the lower trail was wet and had very steep drop offs that looked like it went straight into the Columbia. The full loop is a must on my list on a day when the ground is more dry. Read the map in the parking lot, it tells you how to get to the lower trail. I did this hike back in early Feb before the lower trail closed.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views! New favorit trail.. It’s about 1.4 miles up to the top and about 800 ft in elevation gain from the parking lot. Wasn’t sure where the lower half that was closed began though.

hiking
2 months ago

BEAUTIFUL views! Just the right amount of hike. PSA— it says this everywhere but somehow I missed the fact that the lower half of the trail is closed. So, avoid walking on the highway like I did and plan accordingly.

Beautiful views of the Gorge. It was not real muddy when we went. The soil is very clay like and it was very compacted down. My shoes were hardly dirty when we got back to the parking lot.
Just an FYI, the spot where the lower trail begins (the area that is closed off) isn’t well marked that it’s closed off. However, once you reach the waterfall, that’s as far as you’re supposed to go. The trail is not blocked off prohibiting you from continuing on, but that is where the forestry would like for you to turn around. This is a really great hike!

on Cape Horn Loop Trail

5 months ago

the views were good the hike was okay.

hiking
5 months ago

Not much to say about it. Overal it is a nice hike.

NOTE: lower portion is closed until July 2018 (I posted a pic of the map that shows where). Still a very pretty hike. Went on a weekend morning, and it got fairly crowded as the day went on. Go early in the AM if you want the trail more to yourself.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! My gps recorded this loop at a little more then 7.5 miles. Be sure to wear good shoes and bring water! The views are spectacular! Great hike in January and even better in the summer months.

Pretty views. Decent climb. Muddy!!! There is a part of the lower that is like a scramble. The last 1.3 miles is a road walk. It’s lame but there’s a couple waterfalls and some incredible viewpoints. Cliffs areas. 2 dogs have died here!

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