Oregon February 07, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Oregon’s Waterfalls
Oregon has so many amazing waterfalls, trying to choose which ones to visit can be a daunting task. One great way to experience many of Oregon’s most beautiful waterfalls at once is to take a road trip. That’s why we’ve put together this 3-day weekend road trip itinerary that’ll lead you to some of the most magical cascades in the Beaver State. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the road — this wonderful trip will blow you away.
This road trip winds through the Columbia River Gorge, loops around Mt Hood, and ends at the amazing Silver Falls State Park, passing many amazing waterfalls along the way.
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The map is 100% customizable, so you can make the trip as long or short as you’d like. The map above is focused on the natural attractions, but below I’ve including some ideas for places to stop for the night as well.
First stop: Latourell Falls
Beginning in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, take the historic Columbia River Highway to Latourell Falls. This spectacular, graceful waterfall is positively enchanting, and it's easily accessible from the highway. Parking at the trailhead, you can either walk a couple hundred feet to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the falls, or you can take a short hike that will lead you right up to the base of the waterfall.
Continuing east along the Columbia River Highway, you'll reach Oregon's most iconic waterfall: Multnomah Falls. This amazing waterfall is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country, and it's positively enchanting. You can view it from below, walk up to the bridge that crosses its middle, or even take a short but steep hike to the top. You can also stop at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge to pick up some souvenirs or have lunch.
After you leave Multnomah Falls, you'll hop onto the I-84. Along this road are numerous waterfalls that are all worth checking out. One of my favorites is the amazing Elowah Falls, which is located at the end of a beautiful 1.5-mile hike.
Another great, short waterfall hike along the way is Wahclellah Falls, located just off Exit #40. Depending on how much hiking you want to do during this trip, you can pick and choose between these lovely hidden gems.
As you continue down Interstate 84, you'll pass through the charming town of Hood River. There are numerous hotels, inns, and restaurants here, making it a great place to stop for the night.
Leaving Hood River, you'll take Highway 35 up into the Mt Hood National Forest. Here, you'll find Tamanawas Falls, a stunning hidden gem waterfall located at the end of a 3.6-mile hike.
Circling around to the southern side of the mountain, you can branch off onto a side road that will lead you to the Ramona Falls Trailhead. A jaw-dropping 7-mile loop hike will lead you to this unique and magical waterfall. It's a slightly longer and more difficult hike than the others, but worth it.
After a day of hiking, one fun overnight option is to take a detour and drive towards the summit of Mt Hood to cozy up at the historic Timberline Lodge.
Silver Falls State Park
The final destination on this trip is the wonderful Silver Falls State Park. This amazing place is packed with astounding waterfalls and serene forest hikes.
Trail Of Ten Falls
The most extraordinary hike in the park is the Trail of Ten Falls, a 8.7-mile loop that leads you past (and behind) many wondrous waterfalls. The experience is truly one of a kind. If you're looking for something a little shorter, you can hike just a section of the trail, or try out one of the parks many other waterfall trails.
Silver Falls Lodge
If you're not ready to head home quite yet, you can stay the night at the wonderful Silver Falls Lodge, rent a cabin, or camp in this beautiful state park, which happens to be the biggest in Oregon.
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