If you’re near Portland Oregon and need a day to escape city or suburb life I highly recommend a drive just 30 miles East along the Columbia River to a gorgeous unbelievable water fall. The scenic drive there is a gem all by itself, this is one of the scenic view stops of the Columbia River. If it wasn’t near a highway it would have seemed more serene but if you’re Deaf or can void the sound of traffic with music this is a gorgeous place to just sit for a second.
The first falls you’ll likely drive up to are the Wahkeena Falls. To be honest we thought this was it at first, but were perplexed that the photos we saw online seemed so much more majestic. Fortunately signs along the road were pretty clear that we actually hadn’t reached the big water falls yet. Meghan and the Chihuahuas posed for a quick pic.
Once we arrived at Multnomah Falls it was hard to believe we could have mixed up the two. There is no mistake when you see the bridge and size of the falls. It is the 137th tallest water fall in the U.S. split into two levels – a 542 ft top and 69 foot bottom.
There is a short hike to go to the bridge area that splits the two, adorned with all the natural goodness of the Northwest. Great spots to stop for a quick snap shot but if you go on a weekend like we did, note that it is tough to take a portrait while sharing the path with all of the other visitors. It is a lot less like a secluded hike and more like a tourist destination…but still very worth it.
Looking up from the bridge (or trying to without fear of falling off) and you’ll see veils of water softly flowing down the rock.
Looking down from the bridge might give you vertigo, if you don’t like heights then being on the stone bridge built in 1914 will likely not be your ‘cup of tea’.
They do have a little cafe, gift shop and bathrooms – again, good luck getting a photo with any of the amazing stonework without having others step in front of the camera. We waited patiently for a long time for a second where we could get this shot on the stairwell.
All in all it was a great day trip, we highly recommend it if you live in the area or are just visiting. Bring rain gear for yourself and your camera if you plan on surviving the mist of the falls and a good pair of walking shoes.
Some like nature
Some like water falls
Some Like It Shot