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Elowah Falls Viewpoint

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Elowah Falls from upper trail (Steve Hart)
Elowah Falls Amphitheater (Steve Hart)
Mt. Adams peeks above the town of North Bonneville (Steve Hart)



Elowah Falls has created a huge amphitheater by eroding away numerous lava flows. One of the flows, towards the top, is softer than many of the others and creates an obvious, shelf-like alcove all the way around the basin. Decades ago, trail makers were able to gouge a trail out of this soft flow and protect it with handrails. Today, this trail provides an outstanding view down to Elowah Falls and across the Columbia River to Hamilton Mountain and Table Mountain.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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