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    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

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    Vancouver, WA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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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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    Newberg, OR
    Adventurer | 265 pts
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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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    prosser, WA
    Pathfinder | 132 pts
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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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    Cedar Mill, OR
    Pathfinder | 190 pts
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    8/7/2008
    Beautiful short hike, very refreshing on a hot day!
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    Lake Oswego, OR
    Trailblazer | 761 pts
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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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    Springdale, OR
    Adventurer | 361 pts
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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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    Vancouver, WA
    Pathfinder | 141 pts
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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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