Where is Twoholaskie Falls on Larch Mountain

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Where is Twoholaskie Falls on Larch Mountain

Post by aircooled » March 4th, 2014, 9:49 am

A 1915 Oregon article refers to a 100 foot waterfall called Twoholaskie Falls. I can find no other reference. Could be Weisendanger Falls? It's 55 feet, but newpapers at that time didn't do a lot of fact checking and, in this case, how could they?

From the article:

LARCH MOUNTAIN is rapidly being
brought nearer to Portland as the
new trail, which reduces the distance from the Columbia by about
one-third, is nearing completion. It will
only be a question of weeks now when
the trail will have been completed and
the lookout on the summit of the
peak will be ready for the many who
are expected to make Larch Mountain
the objective point of their trips.

A party of Portland persons made
the trip over the trail last Sunday and
reported that it was rapidly nearing
completion. The lookout on the moun
tain, they said, was all completed with
the exception of a sort of crow's nest
platform which is to be put on top.
The party consisted of Mr. and Mrs.
George Jackson. Charles A. Benz,
Osmon Royal, V. L. Ketchum, J. C.
Sparks and Chester Hogue. Mr. Benz
secured a number of pictures of the
trail and the lookout and scenery
visible from the trail and the peak.
Ferns and Berrlea Abound.

Of the beauties of the trail Mr. Benz
says:

"All along; the trail we find a pro
fusion of the beautiful maidenhair fern,
while wild flowers and berries seem to
decorate every nook and open spot. As
the traveler nears the bench land he
grazes down into the canyon whose
walls are about a thousand feet high.
There he sees the Twoholaskie falls,
which has a drop of about a hundred
feet.

"The trail follows the canyon for
several miles, when it crosses one of
the forks and a little later the other
fork of the Multnomah Creek. Alter
crossing the streams It enters a dense
forest.

Forests Mass of Pink.

"A little further up the trail enters
the domain of the rhododendron, which
grows to a height of from 12 to 15
feet. .The lovely pink flowers fairly
cover the branches of these bushes.
"From the lookout on the summit
the view is wonderful. Mounts Hood,
Rainier, Adams, St. Helens and the
Three Sisters all are visible. Portland
also can be seen to the west, especially Council Crest and Rocky Butte."

It is planned to build a lodge on
the crest of Larch Mountain for the
benefit of those who make the trip to
its summit. It will be provided with
huge fireplaces and other conveniences.


http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83 ... 34/ocr.txt

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Re: Where is Twoholaskie Falls on Larch Mountain

Post by BrianEdwards » March 4th, 2014, 11:35 am

Are they talking about Ecola or Wiesendanger Falls?
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Re: Where is Twoholaskie Falls on Larch Mountain

Post by Splintercat » March 8th, 2014, 10:15 am

I'm guessing Ecola, by virtue of "gazing down" the canyon -- at Weisendanger, you'd still be looking up the canyon, whereas the view from the cliff-cut section directly above Ecola might have been much more open in 1915, enough to see down to Dutchman Tunnel..?

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Re: Where is Twoholaskie Falls on Larch Mountain

Post by Sore Feet » March 9th, 2014, 1:08 am

Fred Barstad's book Best Hikes near Portland used "Twanklaskie" as the name for Wiesendanger Falls, and specifically singled out Ecola Falls by name on a map as well. This book was published in 2009, so it's very likely that the source for its information was another book which has outdated information as well (also it's published by Falcon and they have shown they aren't terribly good at keeping the information in their books up to date or thoroughly vetting their manuscripts before publishing). This article certainly makes it sound like the name should have originally applied to Ecola Falls instead though.

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Re: Where is Twoholaskie Falls on Larch Mountain

Post by aircooled » March 10th, 2014, 9:03 am

Sore Feet wrote:Fred Barstad's book Best Hikes near Portland used "Twanklaskie" as the name for Wiesendanger Falls, and specifically singled out Ecola Falls by name on a map as well.
Thanks! A Google image search for Twanklaskie returns multiple images of Weisendanger. Waterfallswest.com lists that as an alternate name.

http://www.waterfallswest.com/waterfall ... oregon-128

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