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Wahkeena Falls, Troutdale

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Wahkeena Falls is a 242-foot (74 m) waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge in the state of Oregon.
The waterfall is unlike nearby Multnomah Falls in that the water does not directly plunge to the ground. Wahkeena Falls, rather, has a more subtle cascading flow. These falls have been featured in numerous travel guides and in photography books.
Spellings of this name are dubious because the word is an English transliteration of a Native American (reportedly Yakama) phrase meaning most beautiful.

Wahkeena Falls is along the Historic Columbia River Highway, about 13 miles (21 km) east of Troutdale, Oregon. A 0.2-mile (320 m) hike from the parking lot at the base leads to the stone bridge that crosses the main part of the falls. That trail continues on east to Multnomah Falls, the next falls to the east.

This waterfall is visible directly from the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The Wahkeena Creek Bridge, an 18-foot-long (5.5 m) bridge having "a simple reinforced-concrete slab span", below the falls, is a contributing structure in the Historic Columbia River Highway, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and was further designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2000.
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  • Beautiful falls located just off the main road and only a few minutes from Multnomah Falls. Can view from the base, or a 10-minute walk up a bit higher for a better view. 
    Beautiful falls located just off the main road and only a few minutes from Multnomah Falls. Can view from the base, or a 10-minute walk up a bit higher for a better view.  more »
  • An amazing waterfall that is a short hike from Multnomah. Worth the trip. Be sure to go up to the top…you can get super close to enjoy the mist of this one. 
    An amazing waterfall that is a short hike from Multnomah. Worth the trip. Be sure to go up to the top…you can get super close to enjoy the mist of this one.  more »
  • One of many falls in the area and easy to walk around a to get great views for photos. Was not very crowded when we were there around 4 PM on a Sunday. 
    One of many falls in the area and easy to walk around a to get great views for photos. Was not very crowded when we were there around 4 PM on a Sunday.  more »
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  • It’s beautiful. The fact that you can see the falls so closely is amazing. This falls is definitely underrated. The hike was also really short. Took us about 15 mins to get to the falls. Overall it was amazing
  • Beautiful falls. Busy area with less parking spots but it was worth it. Multnomah falls is super crowded hence I liked this one better. Multiple steps falls. You can climb on the side and get a better click. Must visit if you are nearby.
  • Right next to the road along the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway. Tall waterfalls just like Multnomah minus the bridge. Car parking is limited and pretty crowded since the view point is along the sidewalk. There is a trail that goes above.
  • Came two months ago at the coldest time of the month! It's one of those places that has proven that it's gorgeous no matter the season and weather. You get the beautiful view of the falls and hike upwards crossing the bridge. Worth the stop if you are around the area or driving through.
  • A must visit place when you are driving through US Route 30. The falls is right beside the freeway and there is a large parking lot very close to the falls. The view of the drop is magnificent and breathtaking. Ideal spot for picnic and for hiking.

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