Latourell Falls

Portland, Oregon 97213

Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1- 2 hours
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, (800) 551-6949, oregonstate
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Oregon, page 23, F9
Local Maps

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Jul 2018