Latourell Falls

Portland, Oregon

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Latourell Falls is the closest major gorge waterfall to Portland. The 224-foot falls are as powerful and ominous as they are beautiful. The loop hike that visits Latourell and its upper falls is one of the more family-friendly jaunts in the gorge. Latourell is one of the best examples of columnar basalt in the region. The bridge near the bottom of the falls serves as more than just a photo op: It’s a great spot to observe visible evidence of the massive basalt lava flows that formed the region. The eroded lava flow that Latourell Creek tumbles over shows off several layers of the honeycombed basalt, as well as unbelievably colored green and orange lichens. Starting from the parking area, hike up a steep, paved path to a very photo-worthy viewpoint. From here the pavement soon ends and the trail ascends to the top of Latourell Falls.
Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon

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Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon

by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Latourell Falls is the closest major gorge waterfall to Portland. The 224-foot falls are as powerful and ominous as they are beautiful. The loop hike that visits Latourell and its upper falls is one of the more family-friendly jaunts in the gorge. Latourell is one of the best examples of columnar basalt in the region. The bridge near the bottom of the falls serves as more than just a photo op: It’s a great spot to
observe visible evidence of the massive basalt lava flows that formed the region.

The eroded lava flow that Latourell Creek tumbles over shows off several layers of the honeycombed basalt, as well as unbelievably colored green and orange lichens. Starting from the parking area, hike up a steep, paved path to a very photo-worthy viewpoint. From here the pavement soon ends and the trail ascends to the top of Latourell Falls.

© 2014 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1- 2 hours
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, (800) 551-6949, oregonstate parks.org
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Oregon, page 23, F9
Driving Directions: Directions to Latourell Falls

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