Wahkeena Falls is a favorite among visitors to Oregon's Columbia River Gorge because of its striking natural beauty. The hike to the falls is fairly easy to access, mostly paved, and well-loved by beginners, and the views are rich with wooded scenery and the fresh air of the Pacific Northwest.
You'll see beautiful stonework and the peaceful Waheena Creek at the start of the trail, but the best view is of the falls. Water cascades down the mountainside from more than 240 feet (73 m) above, spilling out in a tiered, fan shape that creates stunning visuals from all angles.
Though it’s not as famous as the neighboring Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena holds its own unique and equal beauty. Its name translated from Native American language even means “most beautiful.” Full and half day tours of the gorge tend to include a visit here.
Wahkeena Falls is located in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. To get to the trail head, take the Historic Columbia River Highway about 13 miles (21 km) east of the town of Troutdale.
The hike to the top of the falls is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) round-trip and climbs 850 feet (259 m), or 0.4 miles (0.6 km) to the bridge alone. The trail can also be used to get to Multnomah Falls, and there’s a small area at the base of the falls that’s great for picnics.