Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail (CLOSED)

MODERATE 365 reviews

Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail (CLOSED) is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

closed

This is a beautiful loop in the gorge that brings you to one of the best waterfalls in the area. This loop hike passes by several waterfalls. The trail ascends Wahkeena Creek past the springs which feed the waterfall and then continues onto Larch Mountain Trail which brings you to Multnomah Falls. Looking down from the top of the tallest waterfall in Oregon is pretty amazing! The trail then descends down to the Multnomah Lodge and returns via a the highway to the Wahkeena parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike and miss it. Last visit was July 14, 2017

Check the list of Columbia Gorge trail closures before you go:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation

4 months ago

Fantastic hike, gorgeous in every way, waterfalls, lush greenery, flowers, mushrooms, moss, all that's missing are the little fairies :) Took us about 5-6 hrs, just what we needed.

hiking
5 months ago

Miss this place

hiking
5 months ago

This is my favorite trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Long but steady hike. Nothing too steep on this hike but it is all uphill. Take your time on this fairytale trail :)

trail running
8 months ago

Beautiful views and nicely designed trails make this one of my favorite trail runs of this year. I did this counter clockwise which I recommend because the initial climb features tight switchbacks which I personally prefer to ascend. Careful on the descent as you get to Multnomah Falls as foot traffic is heavy there

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of people in the summer or weekends year round. A little rain usually scares them off

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful day morning hike tons of water falls beautiful views and traffic is low during week, high on weekends

hiking
10 months ago

This hike was very lucious and beatiful! Was not too challenging. Some parts of wet rocks and some parts of diving edges that looked intimidating. Otherwise easy breezy. A must if you want to hike by water !

10 months ago

Go early, for real. Finding parking around 10:30am was ridiculous but worth the effort for such a beautiful hike. The entire loop was more like 6.5 miles if you include a few lookouts. It took my husband and I about 3 hours to complete. Don't hesitate, just do ittttt! :)

10 months ago

If you can only go on one hike while you visit the George I would recommend this.

hiking
10 months ago

This was our first time visiting the Columbia River Gorge and we thoroughly enjoyed this loop trail which featured about 10 waterfalls. In the summer, to ensure a parking spot, we started early in the morning. We parked at the Multnomah Falls lot on the historic highway (#30). Look for a sign labelled "return trail" at the west end of the parking lot which follows above the old highway leading to Wakeena Falls. We could have taken a look at Multnomah Falls first but decided to save it for the end. We would definitely recommend going in this counter clockwise direction as the waterfalls just seem to get better and better as you go along. After getting to Wakeena Falls, there is a steep section up a switch back trail through the Wakeena canyon. Once the trail is more level there are a couple of trail junctions. Basically you stay on the Wakeena trail up Wakeena Creek and across the more level part of the trail, and take Larch Mountain trail down Multnomah Creek to Multnomah Falls. (For a nice rest stop, at the junction with Angels Rest Trail, go down that trail about 100 yards to Wakeena Springs before returning back to the Wakeena Trail.) The trail going down Multnomah Creek had the most waterfalls. Go off the trail to the Multnomah Falls Overlook. You can't see much of the falls, but you can see how far it is to the bottom. The trail down is steep with switchbacks and then you end up on the Benson Bridge before descending a shorter section to the bottom.

10 months ago

Easy hike for up close waterfall views! Dog friendly

hiking
10 months ago

Fairy Falls is beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

07/21/17. Great hike. Plan to do this one early. Park at Multnomah Lodge, directly below the falls. Walk up and admire the awesome view of Multnomah Falls, then proceed DIRECTLY back toward the lot, and walk past the giftshop/lodge, approximately 600 feet west along the road to Return Trail (it is right before the No Pedestrians sign on the road). Start on Return Trail, which will lead you the Wahkeena side of the Wahkeena-Multnomah Loop. Take the Wahkeena side up and finish down the Multnomah side. You will not be disappointed, as the Wahkeena side is relatively quiet w/ awesome waterfalls along the way. Also, the switchbacks here are easier and far less crowded than the ones on the Multnomah side. Enjoy the spectacular view from the top of Multnomah Falls on the way down. Once you are finished, grab lunch from the lodge restaurant, which serves up good food.

hiking
11 months ago

Very fun 3 hrs hike

hiking
11 months ago

Part of the trail is paved. Crowded at start of trails up to first waterfalls. Overall nice hike in the shade.

11 months ago

I like the wahkeena Falls loop cuz it breathtaking of all waterfalls along the trail

hiking
11 months ago

My fenix 3 logged 6.5 instead of 4.1 as suggested. few long faces in the way down as it was a family hike but all in good spirit. lots of water and fall views. start early, the Moilthnoma segment gets busy. park and begin with Wahkeena.

hiking
11 months ago

A beautiful hike, we didn't have much time to complete the entire loop. I plan to make it back soon.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great way to spend the day but way to many people there to see Multnomah.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

The hike was great, but my GPS says it was 6+ miles looping from Multnomah Falls and back.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Unbelievably beautiful. Every single aspect of this hike is stunning.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beautiful trail!

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

very well marked trail with a long steady climb.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Love to this one so much, the only part I didn't like was it finished in the tourist spot.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Absolutely beautiful hike that'll kick your butt, too. So much green and so much rushing water (saw at least 5 waterfalls, I think). Very relaxing despite some steep inclines/declines and switchbacks.

1. Go early.
2. Park at Wahkeena to avoid Multnomah traffic.
3. Pictures don't do it justice.
4. Markers were mostly clear, but generally, stick with Wahkeena 420.
5. Be ready for tourists for the back 1/8 or so.

We drove too far east initially, so we stopped at Horsetail Falls right off the road. Very worth it.

It starts with a lot of paved trail, which was worrisome, but it goes away to dirt and rock soon. Not very many wet spots, but I could imagine it getting muddier if there's been more rain. It doesn't take long to get to the first waterfall (Wahkeena). This was actually the prettiest in my opinion. The bright white water against the lush green was striking. The incline is quick and intense but not overly difficult. Lemmons Viewpoint is worth the stop, but there are some other nice openings over the gorge along the way. Keep an eye out for chipmunks and eagles. Some pretty flowers on the path, too. We skipped Devil's Rest Summit (heard it's disappointing), but the highest point of the hike right there at mid-morning was pretty breathtaking. Tall trees and completely golden from the sunlight breaking through (pictures couldn't capture it). The trail going down is much rockier but not bad. Worth stopping by the water near Weisendanger Falls. When you approach Multnomah, it gets shockingly busier. Kind of annoying, but maybe avoidable a bit earlier (we started at about 9:30am, so I'd suggest maybe 7 or 8). Multnomah itself is still impressive; you just won't want to spend as much time there if it's so crowded. Overall, great hike. Moderate is an accurate rating.

[Tourism Warning] To reiterate, if you're doing the full hike, go early and definitely park at Wahkeena. We considered if we should've parked there but done it in reverse and started at Multnomah to avoid the crowds that get there later. Not sure how the hike would be in reverse, though.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Goes through multnomah falls so I would consider this a very heavily trafficked hike

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starts off with a steep zig-zag trail, all paved. Extremely packed on the weekend. Turns into a rocky trail towards the waterfall. Some nice views up at the top, a little less crowded. The fairy falls has a pretty unique look that is really cool with the sun shining through the trees.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

My hike on this trail was only to fairy falls and then back again so the review will be based on that. Taking the right hand path to wahkeena falls is a short .2 miles to the stone bridge and base of the falls. Lots of spray as you passed the bridge. I was pretty impressed by the size and strength of the falls which made for great photos. Continuing on you work 12 paved switchbacks until you get to a nice lookout over the gorge. From here is an unpaved trail past the glowing stream coming from fairy falls. Miss covered rocks logs trees made for a magical time up the trail that crossed the stream twice via foot bridges. It was quite wet so can be slippery. I stopped numerous times to photograph the stream and forestscape. Fairy falls is only about 15 feet in height but displays beautifully. If you plan on photographing the area I would suggest getting an early start before the sun rises for the best shots with full saturation of color. Also few if anyone else on the trail. I saw 7 hikers in my 3 hours up there but after 9 am the lot started to fill up quickly and more hikers proceeded up the trail. All in all it was spectacular.

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