Portland February 06, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Portland’s Waterfalls
The next three-day weekend you have, consider taking this fun road trip that takes you to all the great waterfalls of our region and enjoy some scenic beauty away from the city. Combining the magic of the Columbia Gorge’s treasure trove of falls along with the majestic heights of Silver Falls State Park’s many falls, this is one road trip that nature lovers will really love.
Head Out On The Historic Columbia River Highway
First things first: jump on the Historic Columbia River Highway. This 100-year-old road is the perfect route to get you started, and features many amazing views of its own.
First up, you will come to Latourell Falls and its 249-foot plunge. While there are beautiful hikes at all the falls, Latourell can be viewed without much of a walk from the parking lot.
Shepperd's Dell Falls
Two miles west of the highway, Shepperd's Dell State Park is home to this beautiful tiered waterfall bearing the same name.
Angel's Rest Hike
A little further down the road, you will see signs for the Angel's Rest hike. This 5-mile hike is a lovely addition to your waterfall tour, and takes you by Coopey Falls, along with showing you some truly amazing views of the Gorge.
Coopey Falls, a small, yet not insignificant waterfall awaits you after your journey on the trail.
Just a half mile west of Multnomah Falls is the 242-foot Wahkeena Falls, a tiered waterfall.
Editor's note: Since the writing of this article, Multnomah Falls has been tragically damaged by the by the Eagle Creek fire. However, it is still open and accessible though views today are quite different than the photo above.
The big draw in the Gorge, Multnomah Falls stands at 620 feet, making it the second tallest waterfall in the United States. While you are there, stop at the Multnomah Falls Lodge for lunch or at least grab a cup of coffee at the base of the waterfall. It is a novelty to visit a waterfall that has a coffee stand at the bottom and you don't want to miss out on this added perk.
Finally along the Columbia Gorge, head to Horsetail Falls. Just 2.5 miles east of Multnomah Falls, this 176-foot waterfall is a horsetail formation waterfall, hence its name. When you pass by the historic Vista House at Crown Point State Park, be sure to get out of the car and take a panoramic shot of the gorge and its visible waterfalls from this amazing viewpoint.
Silver Falls State Park
Head down to Silver Falls State Park for the night. Stay in one of the park's rustic cabins or the Silver Falls Lodge for the night and enjoy a wonderful view of the night sky.
The following day, hike the Trail of Ten Falls, a 7-mile spectacular loop that, as the name suggests, crosses 10 waterfalls. Be ready to be amazed and be sure to bring a camera for the occasion.
If you have the time, consider taking the 1-hour drive from Silver Falls to
Breitenbush Hot Springs to soak for the afternoon before heading back to town. After all that walking, your feet and body will thank you.