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Wahkeena Canyon

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Timing is everything! (Steve Hart)
Wahkeena Creek (Steve Hart)



Wahkeena Canyon is a narrow lava flow lined canyon above Wahkeena Falls. The canyon is just wide enough for the creek and the trail.

Wahkeena Creek is a very unusual and completely isolated body of water. It arises from two springs and immediately begins to tumble downhill. The entire creek is less than a mile long and it loses about 1200' in that distance. Wahkeena Falls creates a barrier that restricts fish or insects from coming upstream. The result is an isolated ecosystem containing at least two animals found no where else in the world, the Wahkeena Falls Flightless Stonefly and the Wahkeena Creek Amphipod.

If the endangered critters are hard to locate, the natural beauty is obvious. The water is everywhere to be seen, heard, felt and smelled.

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  • 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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