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Wahclella Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

An autumn view of Wahclella Falls from above the trail (Tom Kloster)
Wahclella Falls and intermittent side falls during November rains (Jeff Statt)
Closer view showing the upper tier of the falls (Steve Hart)


Wahclella Falls is a great novice hiker's destination and one of the more interesting falls in the Columbia River Gorge. The most obvious portion is the lower drop, where the water drops from a hidden, narrow gorge 65 feet into a large open canyon.

Above the lower falls is a semi-hidden upper falls in the main stream. You can see this 50 footer from a high viewpoint on the boulder field opposite the falls.

In most months, there's a second waterfall visible from further back on the lower level trail. This seasonal falls, sometimes called East Fork Falls, is taller than either of the main stream tiers.

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Wahclella Falls from the lower leg of the trail in December (Steve Hart)
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