Oregon December 14, 2016
9 Gorgeous Frozen Waterfalls In Oregon That Must Be Seen To Be Believed
There’s something truly magical about a wintery waterfall; the stunning sight of an ethereal cascade framed by ice and snow is an almost otherworldly beauty. Here are 9 of Oregon’s most breathtaking waterfalls that become even more enchanting when the temperature drops below freezing:
9. Elowah Falls
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, this stunning waterfall is more than 200 feet tall, and it's absolutely stupendous when it freezes. A short 1.5-mile hike will lead you to the falls, but be extra careful in the wintertime. The path can be quite muddy, and extremely slippery closer to the falls.
8. Salt Creek Falls
At 286 feet, Salt Creek Falls is the second tallest waterfall in Oregon. Located in Lane County, this amazing waterfall looks straight out of a fairytale in the wintertime.
7. Horsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls is a wonderfully graceful waterfall located right off the Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge. It's especailly wondrous when adorned with snow and ice.
6. Latourell Falls
Latourell Falls is an absolute gem. Also located in the Columbia River Gorge, you can reach the base of the falls on an easy 2.5-mile loop hike that's open year round. Again, you'll want to bring sturdy shoes and be careful not to slip as you get closer to the magical, misty waterfall.
5. Tumalo Falls
Located near Bend, Tumalo Falls is truly breathtaking. There's a great viewpoint right next to the parking area where you can see the snowy falls and surrounding scenery, or if you're feeling adventurous you can hike in closer.
4. Weisendanger Falls
Weisendanger Falls is another gorgeous Columbia River Gorge waterfall located between Portland and Hood River. One great way to see it up close is to hike the amazing Multnomah-Wahkeena loop trail.
3. South Falls (and the rest of the Silver Falls State Park waterfalls)
Silver Falls State Park is an amazing state park located near Silverton, and it's full of gorgeous waterfalls that will blow you away any time of year - just take a look at South Falls in the winter. Take a hike along the Trail of Ten Falls for an unforgettable experience.
2. Abiqua Falls
Abiqua Falls is a lovely hidden gem located near Salem. The short hike to the base of the falls can be a bit tricky in the winter, but for sure-footed folks, the view of the waterfall surrounded by crystalline icicles makes it oh so worth it.
1. Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is a stunning natural wonder. It's the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country, and it's located right off Interstate 84, making it easily accessible even in the depths of winter, when the massive cascade is surrounded by glowing white snow and ice.
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