Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 271 reviews

Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail 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

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

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.

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muddy
rocky
16 days ago

Really great trail for anyone visiting Portland. We started from the Wahkeena Falls side and approached Multnomah Falls.

The trail was muddy in some parts, and there were a few small stream crossings without a bridge. Manageable with a pair of waterproof shoes/boots. Running shoes would get trashed on this trail at this time of year.

The signs of the fire are evident everywhere still. It is eerie and beautiful. A sad reminder of the fragility of our beautiful great outdoors. Seeing new growth however, you’re also shown how resilient nature is too!

I highly recommend it as a strenuous, but manageable hike on the cusp of moderate difficulty but doable for hikers of all types, except perhaps those with mobility issues. It gets very steep and windy at certain areas.

muddy
16 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views around every corner! Started on the Multnomah side and enjoyed ending the hike away from the crowds. Trail was very steep in some places and water covered parts of the trail, making chacos the best choice of footwear. Gorgeous falls and trees and views.

22 days ago

It's some work but the view is amazing!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

This loop is not 4 miles, it’s more like 5.5! It was a great trail and I highly recommend it but if you were hoping for only 4 miles, you’ll be sad! Winter time is great, saw lots of waterfalls and not a lot of people out for a Saturday.

1 month ago

Did this during a wind storm on 7 December 2018. Reversing the route gave a much steeper ascent and is not recommend. Some of the trail is still beautiful, some waterfalls are amazing, but the essential beauty of several segments was lost to the fire.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, tons of waterfalls. Beautiful scenery despite scorched landscape at certain points.

1 month ago

Great trail, good challenge and great scenery. I recommend starting in the direction of Multnomah Falls, that way you can finish with fewer crowds of people.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it. Waterproof shoes were a must since waterfalls actually passed over the trails (day after rain in December). Absolutely gorgeous and not too busy, but not entirely isolated - I did it alone so it was nice to occasionally see some people.

This was a gorgeous hike. The burn gave it an ominous feeling, which made it even more enjoyable.
Started at the Wahkeena side, that first set of switchbacks was a doozy, but led to some fabulous views. Took trail 420, it was clear and accessible. The treck back down towards the Larch mnt trail displayed the best of the burn, it was really cool. Sad, but cool.

2 months ago

Hiked on Saturday 12/8. The packed snow in the paved parts of the trail near the parking slots are pretty slick, and microspikes are recommended.

2 months ago

By far a gem of a hike. Even post burn.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is mostly open again! Beautiful hike. Lots of waterfalls.

2 months ago

OFFICIALLY OPEN AS OF 11-24-2018! It’s fascinating to look at all the burned trees against the fresh green forest floor. There are many, many rocks on the trail though so be careful. The trail was very muddy today. The falls are still as beautiful as ever. Be careful and look out for landslides/rock slides and flash floods as it is a burn area.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail Is Still Closed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

hiking
9 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

11 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
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Miss this place

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

This is my favorite trail!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

trail running
Thursday, November 16, 2017

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
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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 !

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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! :)

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Easy hike for up close waterfall views! Dog friendly

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fairy Falls is beautiful.

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