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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"A short, gentle hike up above 249-foot Latourell Falls to the calm roar of the upper falls."

"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 an easy jaunt, with breathtaking views, but start early or hike on the weekdays so you and your dog can avoid the crowds.

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. Please avoid the temptation to take any boot paths leading down to the top of the falls. They are dangerous at best. The hike now joins the creek and the path leads high above lower Latourell to the lesser-visited upper falls."

"The first major waterfall visitors see along the Old Columbia River Highway is Lower Latourell Falls, and if you were expecting to gradually work your way up to the best scenery, forget it! With its 249-foot plunge over a sheer, lichen-covered cliff, this falls’ beauty rivals any other in the gorge.

For hikers, the only downside to Lower Latourell Falls is that to see it, you barely have to leave your car. Fortunately, those who want to get a little exercise can take a very scenic loop trail that goes from the lower falls to rarely visited Upper Latourell Falls."

"This loop route takes you on a tour of Upper and Lower Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The route travels through a scenic creek canyon filled with colorful wildflowers and wild berries. Additional highlights include opportunities to wade in the creek and have a picnic at a shady picnic area near the trail’s end.

This loop trail takes you on a gorgeous waterfall tour of Upper and Lower Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park, located in the Columbia River Gorge.This magnificent river gorge was sculpted by catastrophic floods that occurred near the end of the Ice Age (12,000 to 19,000 years ago). These floods were created when the climate began to warm up, causing 2,000-foot ice dams that held 3,000 square mile Lake Missoula in Montana to break."

"Following the lead of other early area homesteaders and civic leaders, in 1929 guy and geraldine Talbot donated the land surrounding a pair of gorgeous waterfalls to the Oregon State Parks system. Today, Talbot State Park’s Latourell Falls ranks as one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Columbia River gorge. Being close to Portland certainly helps Latourell’s visitor numbers—notwithstanding, these falls, especially the lower one plunging 249 feet from basalt cliffs, are among the most beautiful in the state."

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6/1/2011
Hiked the trail with two friends. It was rainy and the trail was a mess but it was worth every second. I read there was a second waterfall but we weren't sure what kind of waterfall it would be. Then, peering through the trees, we saw it. Truly spectacular! We all agreed the second waterfall was better than the first even though it didn't have the height. I recommend staying on the trail and finishing it all the way through. You won't be disappointed.
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10/9/2009
This is a wonderful fairly short trail to a beautiful falls in the Columbia Gorge. The beginning is flat right out of the parking lot through some cool deciduous forest at the bottom of a canyon. There is a gradual but significant climb up the canyon which is rewarded with a widening of the canyon and a very high waterfall with neon green moss covered canyon walls. The falls drops into a large pool which the trail skirts before returning on the opposite side of the canyon.
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6/27/2009
We took the kids on this hike and once again, amazing!!! Our kids range from 2 - 10 years old. The trail is wide and slightly rocky and you traverse 4 different foot bridges I think. Lots to look at and the falls are gorgeous. Highly recommend this one. Took us about 3 hours to complete the entire loop.
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10/28/2006
On a foggy, fall day, this trail was a wondeful little hike. Short, but there are two waterfalls to see, lots of forest and foliage, and there is probably some nice Gorge fews (too foggy in the AM when I went). It's close in to Portland so I'm sure it gets a lot of hikers in the summer, but only 5 or so folks on a fall day. There is enough elevation gain to make it worthwhile.
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Trail Information

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

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Oct 2018