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Bridal Veil Falls Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Bridal Veil Falls (Steve Hart)
The base of Bridal Veil Falls (Steve Hart)
Bridal Veil Creek just below the falls (Jeff Statt)
Trillium in forest along the trail (Greg Lief)
  • Start point: Bridal Veil TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Bridal Veil Falls
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 70 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: all
  • Family Friendly: yes
  • Backpackable: no
  • Crowded: yes


Hike Description

The Bridal Veil Falls hike is a short hike from a trailhead right off the Columbia River Highway to a majestic falls. It is a favorite of tourists and families on summer weekends, but is pretty quiet at other times. This trail starts from the east end of the lot as a flat, paved trail. Soon, it changes to gravel and works it way down in one long switchback to Bridal Veil Creek. There's a staircase down the side of the valley and a beautiful wooden arch bridge over the creek. The trail then climbs to a wooden lookout with a view of Bridal Veil Falls. This watercourse ran near-dry for decades as a neighboring lumber mill diverted the water. Now the mill is a memory and Bridal Veil Falls has returned. Many, many names and hearts are carved here in the handrails of the lookout. Hikers in the park should check out the Bridal Veil Loop Hike, as well.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • None

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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain (grouped with Latourell Falls Hike)
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider (grouped with Bridal Veil Loop Hike)
  • Take a Walk: Portland by Brian Barker

More Links

Bridal Veil State Park - OregonWildflowers.org


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