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Wahclella Falls Trail #436

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 219' 67 m
Descent: -61' -19 m
High: 259' 79 m
Low: 58' 18 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A short, well-traveled trail leading to one of the most impressive Gorge waterfalls.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly The lower falls are easily accessible to the whole family.

Description

Wahclella Falls is one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the Gorge: a 350-foot two-tiered plunge with the final 60-foot section providing a powerful horsetail fall into an enormous splash pool. The trail winds past house-sized boulders left behind by a 1973 landslide. Watch for water ouzels bobbing and diving on the side of the stream, and for spawning salmon at the base of the falls during late fall.

The trail begins on an old, gated road alongside Tanner Creek. Pass a small intake dam for the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and continue into the narrowing canyon. A tributary stream creates a dramatic waterfall at the first bridge, and the trail forks after 0.7 mile. If you have small children it is advisable to stay on the lower trail and avoid the sheer-sided return loop.

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Check-Ins

Sep 21, 2019
Dan Melton
Jul 3, 2018
Steve O
This trail is 100% closed as of July 2018. The trailhead is closed and guarded. You won’t even get out of your car.
Aug 12, 2017
Rich Mirabella
Jul 21, 2017
Robert Faz
Jun 14, 2017
Lindsay Bozanich
May 10, 2017
Tami Morgan
1.1mi
Apr 29, 2017
Ali Limon
Mar 19, 2017
Sarah Nelson
2mi

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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#122

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#4,847

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Photos

Silhouette view of Tanner Creek Falls.
Oct 20, 2016 near Cascade…, OR

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