Trek #35: Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls, sibling to Multnomah Falls, is a classic waterfall hike in the Columbia River Gorge. I had paid a visit to this waterfall before twice: Once before my year of hiking when I was far more out of shape and unable to fully enjoy it, and again this past summer when I decided to do a solo Multnomah to Wahkeena Falls loop. I decided I wanted to see this gem in its full late-autumn splendor when it would be full and thriving. Wahkeena Falls did not disappoint.

I’m a firm believer that the best time of year to take waterfall hikes are well after the first few months of rain have replenished them, and they are bursting to the brim with life. As you hike up the waterfall, the loud rush of the creek accompanies you until you hit the top. I don’t remember it being such a crashing sound over the summer. It’s truly a unique winter roar. And of course, the view does not disappoint.

For bonus gorge views, be sure to take the quick side trail off to the right on your way up at Lemmons Viewpoint for a peek at the mountains and buttes across the river.

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Treks Down, 35, Treks to Go: 17

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