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More Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge

October 14, 2013

OK, last post — for now — of waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge. As I said before, the area is littered with them. They are beautiful and dramatic and make for great photos, especially if you’re willing to do a little hiking.

Wahkeena Falls

Less of a true, dramatic waterfall like Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls is more of a cascading flow of water down several stair steps along the mountainside. It’s difficult to get a full picture of the falls because much of it is hidden by trees and foliage, but you can get an amazing view of the falls — both upstream and downstream — by hiking up to a bridge that passes just in front of the first drop.

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Top section of Wahkeena Falls

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Another view of the top of Wahkeena Falls

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The downstream view of Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena allegedly means “most beautiful” in the language of the Yakama people, but the exact spelling of the word is in doubt because it is an English translation of the Native American word.

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View of the falls from a lower foot bridge.

Latourell Falls

There are actually two portions to Latourell Falls — the main portion that can be seen from the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway and Upper Latourell Falls, which can only be accessed by hiking to it. Below is a picture from the main falls. I’ll return in a few months (maybe in the spring?) to take pictures of the upper falls.

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Latourell Falls

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View of one of the many bridges on the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway. This one runs over the river that leads away from Latourell Falls.

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