Wahclella Falls Trail

Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area, Oregon

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain752ft
Trailhead Elevation79ft
Top301ft
Elevation Min/Max79/301ft
Elevation Start/End79/79ft

Wahclella Falls Trail

Wahclella Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Multnomah County, Oregon. It is within Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 79 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 752 feet. The Wahclella Falls Cliff can be seen along the trail. There is also a cliff along the trail.

Wahclella Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This short but sweet hike takes you along the edge of Tanner Creek to a roaring twotiered waterfall, which plunges into a deep rocky pool. Shady maples, wild raspberries, and splashes of wildflowers decorate this fun family hike. An optional loop takes you down to the creek’s edge, where you can wade in the cool, clear water on hot summer days."

"This short hike dead-ends at a spectacular, 120-foot double falls. The trail is an easy grade, water is accessible, and use is fairly light for a Gorge trail."

"This short hike takes you along the edge of Tanner Creek to a roaring two-tiered waterfall that plunges into a deep rocky pool. Shady maples, wild raspberries, and splashes of wildflowers decorate this fun, family hike. An optional loop takes you down to the creek’s edge, where you can wade in the cool, clear water on hot summer days."

"Wahclella Falls receives far fewer visitors than the average Columbia River Gorge waterfall, perhaps due to lack of stature and visibility, as well as length of hike. The second and most visible 60-foot drop of the falls occupies a peaceful grotto at the end of a deep canyon. Although hikers feeling the need for more exercise often overlook it, Wahclella rates as high as any hike in the area in terms of beauty, if not distance.

This easy semi-loop allows hikers of almost any age and aptitude the opportunity to explore and enjoy the canyon’s many attributes. The trail starts alongside Tanner Creek on a roadbed until it ends near a small dam that diverts water to a fish hatchery downstream. From here the trail begins to head upstream, but not before a bridge takes you within arm’s reach of another 68-foot waterfall, Munra Falls. Munra looks as much like a water-park slide as it does a naturally occurring cascade, and it will often give you a light misting in late winter and spring."

"A gradual hike to spectacular Wahclella Falls."

"Wahclella Falls receives far fewer visitors than the average Columbia River Gorge waterfall, perhaps due to the falls’ lack of stature and visibility, as well as length of the hike.

The second and most visible 60-foot drop of the falls occupies a peaceful grotto at the end of a deep canyon. Although hikers feeling the need for more exercise often overlook it, Wahclella rates as high as any hike in the area in terms of
beauty if not distance."

"A two-tiered four-star cascade set in a deep basin littered with mossy boulders, Wahclella is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the gorge. Follow a lollipop loop to the base of the horsetail lower falls, soaking up spray while snapping photos. Then soak your feet in a nearby pool while watching flittering dippers comb the rapids for appetizing insect larvae."

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6/17/2011
Pretty cool trail toward the end, not a ton to look at during the 1st mile or so but once the trail bends and goes up the Oneota gorge it starts getting better. Nice trail for dogs, didnt see anybody going up the trail but a few people with dogs when coming back down. Overall I a nice day hike close to Portland.
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10/20/2010
Awesome day on the mountain. I have wanted to do this hike all summer, finally decided that today was the last chance before weather made it iffy. I went straight up the ridge line .So Elliot glacier was always in sight. Some rock falling and big booms when the ice cracked. Hoping to see one of the big ice towers crumble but no luck. I wanted to go as high as Tie-In rock but with no way to chop steps the last 50 feet across a snow field I gave it up. Better prepared next time.
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1/4/2009
a very short, somewhat cumbersome & slippery hike because there was about 1.5 feet of heavily packed snow on 90% of the trail. the path was very narrow, and a steep drop-off on one side, so you had to be pretty careful. trail followed along tanner creek, which was very full with class 4+ rapids. you pass several smaller waterfalls along the way (the very first one so close to the bridge you could nearly touch it), and a neat cave before it winds around to a gorgeous view & sounds of wahclella falls. one of the prettiest places along the columbia gorge, and not too far from the interstate. i plan on returning there in summer. this is a great hike for kids & dogs on leash.
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8/7/2008
Beautiful short hike, very refreshing on a hot day!
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5/19/2008
THe first mile or so is nice, but you are close to the road. However, once you make the turn to head into the gorge, the views are spectacular. The waterfalls were running high and I even went in (although its very cold). This is a great family hike!!
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4/5/2007
This is a great hike! The author recommends starting at the less popular trail head, however, the horsetail falls trail head has some must see sights and contrary to the author, is perfectly fine to hike with dogs. There are no slippery spots, and if your trying to avoid people simply start the hike early on a weekday. The hike is very moderate, and offers first class views of the best waterfalls of the gorge.
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2/4/2007
This is a nice short hike in the Columbia Gorge. About a mile in and a mile back out. The waterfall is one of the most beautiful and it is not visible from the highway, so hiking is the only way to see it. Be advised that the trail can be slightly muddy in the winter and there is an uphill section that will slow down those who are not used to hiking. Spend a minute enjoying the small waterfall near the trailhead that almost falls right on the trail. Two wooden bridges allow a loop that crosses and recrosses the creek. Take note of the giant rocks that have fallen into the stream. The stream has occasionally been blocked in the past and at least one section of the trail had to be reconstructed due to a landslide. There are no restrooms at the trailhead, but some are available at the Bonneville fish hatchery on the other side of the freeway. Visit the sturgeon if you have time.
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Trail Information

Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Ainsworth State Park
Mt. Hood National Forest
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, (800) 551-6949, <a href="http://oregonstateparks.org">oregonstateparks.org</a>
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, (800) 551-6949; <a href="http://oregonstateparks.org">oregonstateparks.org</a>
Oregon State Parks, 725 Sum- mer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301; (503) 986-0707; <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/oprd">www.oregon.gov/oprd</a>.
USDA Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Oregon, page 24, E2
Geo-Graphic Trails of the Columbia Gorge, Bonneville Dam Green Trails, National Geographic Columbia River Gorge Trails Illustrated, and Maptech Oregon: Bonneville Dam. The trail does not appear on USGS maps.
Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/ Mount Hood/The Dalles, OR; USGS: Bonneville Dam, OR
Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 37 E8
USGS Bonneville Dam
USGS Tanner Butte 7.5' quadrangle
Local Maps

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