Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Waterfalls

A MOUNTAIN MAN'S BUCKET LIST
04/27/2017 | Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Skiing, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Some goals in life leave me restless until they are crossed off my bucket list, no matter how many attempts or years it takes me to accomplish it. Mt. Hood was one of those.Five years ago, while sitting at my computer in Utah looking through pictures of mountains to climb, I came across a photo of a rim-ice-encrusted rock monolith that pierced the sky like a giant dagger on a mountain side. That was when I discovered the formation called Illumination Rock, located on the escarpments of Mt. Hood, Oregons tallest mountain at 11,250 feet.Years passed, life got in the way, but Mt. Hood remained at the back of my mind. In 2016 my work as a photographer moved me...  Read More
10 FUN THINGS TO DO IN MT. HOOD/GORGE THIS WINTER
01/18/2017 | Biking, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Dufur, Event, Government Camp, Hiking, Hood River, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
 Winter in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge region is meant for adventure and fun... with a side of cozy relaxation. Here are 10 fun suggestions for your winter trip planning in our backyard: Take in epic views of the Columbia River and sample seasonal brews at Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks. See what snow-covered waterfalls look like in Waterfall Alley along I-84. However, roads and trails can be icy and dicey in winter. Check conditions in advance and come prepared with adequate apparel, snow and ice gear. We recommend sticking to the easy access falls in winter like Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Latourell Falls. Learn about the history and culture of the Gorge at one of the upcoming...  Read More
TOP 5 NEW YEARS' RESOLUTIONS - HOOD RIVER STYLE
01/05/2017 | Hood River, Recreation, Skiing, Waterfalls, Waterplay, Winery
It is now 2017, which only means one thing: time to set some New Years' resolutions for yourself. What better way to make you plans for the year than apply them to visits to Hood River. Here are our top 5 recommended Hood River resolution ideas to get you started: Hike to at least 25 waterfalls. The Columbia River Gorge has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Commonly referred to as Waterfall Alley, there are over 77 waterfalls to check out from a number of beautiful hiking trails. Be sure to put these on your list: Wahclella Falls, Tunnel Falls along Eagle Creek and Dry Creek Falls.Learn to ski. Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort are...  Read More
WINTER AT MULTNOMAH FALLS LODGE
12/29/2016 | Corbett, Hiking, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Twinkling lights and family getaways are just a few of the wonderful traditions that families share over the holiday season. Make sure to include a stop at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge on your next trip to the West Columbia Gorge for a warm meal and spectacular winter wonderland waterfall views.Each winter the lodge shines bright with holiday lights and warms bellies with an upscale Northwest style cuisine at the restaurant. While there, don't miss the breathtaking view of glowing snow and ice surrounding the second highest year-round waterfall in our nation, Multnomah Falls.So, take a drive with your friends, family, and loved ones to the Multnomah Falls Lodge this winter and include it as one of your annual holiday...  Read More
EXPLORE THE GORGE
09/01/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Road Trip, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Celebrate Labor Day this weekend by exploring the West Columbia River Gorge region! Camping and climbing and waterfalls, there are no shortages of things to do in this beautiful area! Whether you are bringing the whole family or a smaller group of friends, there is sure to be something fun for you in the West Columbia River Gorge. Here are a few ideas to get you started!What are the major destinations in the West Columbia River Gorge Historic Columbia River Hwy Travel to magnificent overlooks that provide views of the Columbia River and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.Vista House Few places combine natures wonders and human architectural brilliance so majestically. Once called Thors Heights, Crown Point is capped...  Read More
LATOURELL FALLS
08/26/2016 | Corbett, Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Just past Vista House along the old Historic Columbia River Highway, you can get to this family friendly hike to view the beautiful Latourell Falls. Only 2.4 miles round trip, this is a great stop if you are traveling along the Historic Highway in the Columbia River Gorge to view one of the many beautiful waterfalls this area is known for! Trail DescriptionBeginning from the trailhead from the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), follow the trail uphill to the left of Latourell Falls (or sometimes referred to as the lower falls). At the falls, the lichen-covered columnar basalt formations around the falls steal the show. Continue to the Upper Falls after crossing several bridges and following Henderson Creek. Finally you'll...  Read More
MOSIER HIKE
08/23/2016 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Waterfalls
Come on up to Mosier OR, just past Hood River, to climb and see Mosier Falls and the plateau above! This 3.5-mile loop is a great idea for a day trip with the family with beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. enjoy the wildflowers and bird watching sights along the trail.Trail Highlights:Best time to hike is March through May, with the peak of the wildflowers being mid-to-late April. (Over 30 different flower species have been counted!)Best time to swim in Mosier Creek (local swimming hole) is July and August, when the water is the warmest.Best time for solitude is a full moon evening hike or a hazy day hike at dusk in the late summer or early fall.Best time...  Read More
MULTNOMAH DINING
08/18/2016 | Food, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Come dine under the magnificent Multnomah Falls, just east of Troutdale. Offering fine Northwest-style food with a focus on the bountiful local food that the Columbia River Gorge provides. Whether you just got hungry after the long hike up and down the falls or you want to spend a nice meal dining under the beautiful Multnomah Falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge is sure to please!Greetings from the staff at Multnomah Falls Lodge,We offer upscale Northwest style cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, in the beautifully preserved Multnomah Falls Lodge. To enhance your dining experience we offer an extensive award winning wine list featuring Oregon and Washington wines, as well as the finest in local micro-brewed beers.Our dining rooms feature...  Read More
BEAUTIFUL MULTNOMAH
08/05/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Come see the view from the top of the mighty Multnomah Falls! This 2.6-mile hike takes you up switchbacks that give you beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge all the way up to the 620 ft drop that is the beautiful Multnomah Falls! This waterfall is steeped in history as it is the crown jewel along the Columbia River Highway.HistoryLumber baron and philanthropist Simon Benson donated the land that the falls sit upon and funded the construction of the iconic Benson Bridge in front of Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the Columbia Gorge's most recognizable natural landmark. Benson's generosity later helped citizens work with timber companies in the 1940s and 1950s to secure protection of...  Read More
DRY CREEK FALLS
08/01/2016 | Cascade Locks, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Waterfalls
If you are looking for something to do this summer, The Columbia River Gorge is chock full of beautiful hikes brimming with waterfalls. One of them, Dry Creek Falls, is a great easy hike. 4.5 miles and featuring beautiful Dry Creek Falls, you do need a NW Forest Path to get to it, but it's worth every step.An out and back hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that begins in Cascade Locks and meanders through beautiful forest to Herman Creek. Dry Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that often gets overlooked by hikers. The trail is straight forward, although finding the trailhead from the parking area can be tricky. To access the trailhead, cross the road that leads to...  Read More
MCCORD CREEK FALLS
06/22/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Upper McCord Creek Falls is a beautiful double waterfall well worth the hike. Featuring beautiful views of The Gorge and Mt Adams, this family friendly hike is a great idea for a day trip in The Gorge.This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before...  Read More
DRIVE THROUGH HISTORY
06/22/2016 | Biking, Event, Hiking, Mosier, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
The Historic Colombia River Highway is turning 100 this year and it is a great way to view the majestic and breath taking beauty of the Gorge carved by floods thousands of years ago, as well as the peaceful greenery you will travel through. If you are looking for a place to take a road trip, this is a must. Basalt cliffs, river fronts, waterfalls, and hikes galore, and not to mention the beautiful Vista House. Connecting Troutdale to The Dalles, The Columbia River Historic Highway is a must to see.Troutdale and the Sandy:To begin your journey from Portland, take Interstate 84 east to exit 17. Follow the signs through the quaint town of Troutdale, where you can visit...  Read More
TAMANAWAS FALLS
06/22/2016 | Government Camp, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Waterfalls
Come enjoy the beautiful views of hiking Mt Hood, and climb the trail leading to Tamanawas Falls. Cross log bridges, follow creeks and enjoy the beautiful forestry surrounding the mountain. There are basically two approaches to Tamanawas Falls. This hike begins at the Tamanawas Falls Trail head along highway 35. After crossing the East Fork of the Hood River, turn right on Trail #650 and follow the river for about a half mile. Then the trail takes a sharp left turn on the point of a cliff with a great view and heads into the Cold Spring Creek Canyon. Soon you intersect Trail #650A which is directly ahead of you as Trail #650 makes a sharp right and continues on...  Read More
BUS TO MULTNOMAH
06/22/2016 | Event, Recreation, Transportation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
To the east of Portland in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, is a waterfall that draws crowds all year round: Multnomah Falls. The highest waterfall in Oregon it is one of the most visited natural attractions in Oregon. Surrounded by greenery, history and tons of hikes all with spectacular views it's not a wonder why. This year marks not only the 100th anniversary of the highway that runs in front of it, but also the start of something new. Starting this summer a shuttle bus program that will take riders round trip from Portland to Rooster Rock Park and then to Multnomah Falls. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation kicks off a summer shuttle bus program next week, offering...  Read More
ELOWAH FALLS
06/22/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
A quick hike with a big reward, the Elowah Falls trail is one of the best short day hikes in the Gorge. The 1.6 mile out-and-back hike drops you at the base of the Elowah Falls, an elegant, 200-foot falls that cascades over a cliff decorated with patches of yellow-green lichen. If you are looking to continue on your journey, take the nearby trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls to behold the remarkable double-falls.Ready to hike Follow these directions to reach the trail head:Elowah Falls Trailhead: Located near Warrendale in the Columbia River Gorge. Driving east from Portland along I-84, exit the freeway at the Dodson exit (also signed for the Scenic Highway). Just after exiting the freeway, turn...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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