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Mist Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Mist Falls (Steve Hart)
So that's where it got its name! (Steve Hart)


Mist Falls is an intriguing waterfall. At 520 feet in two drops, it's the second highest waterfall in Oregon, after nearby Multnomah Falls. Unfortunately, Mist Falls suffers in the recognition department for its small flow, particularly in the summertime. On dry, windy summer days, it's not uncommon for the entire waterfall to disappear, becoming only a cloud of mist.

From Benson State Recreation Area, the entire waterfall is visible, but from the base of the falls, hikers will only be able to see the lower tier. From the right viewpoint, the water seems to miraculously fall directly from the peak of the mountain, with no visible upper source other than clear blue sky.

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