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Wahkeena Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Wahkeena Falls (Original art by Jamey Pyles)
Upper section of Wahkeena Falls, also called The Necktie (Steve Hart)
Lower portion of Wahkeena Falls (Steve Hart)


Wahkeena Falls is one of the more popular destinations in the Columbia River Gorge and has a beauty all its own. It's not a single tall plunge like Multnomah Falls or Latourell Falls, and there's no lodge or freeway exit here. Wahkeena Creek tumbles in a least three twisting tiers, the uppermost known as The Necktie. It's just beautiful. A trail goes up from the Historic Highway from the parking area to the base of the falls, crossing a curved stone arch bridge. The bridge, like the Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls, was financed by Historic Columbia River Highway advocate Simon Benson.

In 1915, a Mazamas committee was charged with renaming confusing locations in the Gorge. The falls was originally known as Gordon Falls, creating confusion with Gorton Creek Falls near Cascade Locks. "Wahkeena" is a Yakama word meaning "most beautiful."

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