Friday, October 28, 2011

Columbia River Gorge

The other weekend a friend and I took a drive out to the Columbia River Gorge.  Oregon has such amazing displays of nature.  The Columbia River Gorge features amazing waterfalls and nature at it's best.  The best thing is that it's so easily accessible from Portland!  

The Columbia River Gorge is just a short drive East of Portland.  Take Hwy I-84 East from Portland to Corbett.  Take the Historic Columbia River Hwy to tour some amazing areas for hiking and a handful of waterfalls.   

Your first stop should be Chanticleer Point or Women's Forum State Park.  From here, you'll find amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge.  Perched on the cliff at the right is Crown Point Vista House.  
Further down the road is Crown Point Vista House.  There's also amazing views of the gorge below from this point.    

After this, you'll drive through beautiful forests and hit several waterfalls.  The first is Latourell Falls.  Latourell Creek plunges 249 feet over a cliff to create this waterfall.  From the parking lot, a short trail will take you to the falls.  

Further along the Historic Columbia River Hwy, at milepost 28 is the parking lot to Bridal Veil Falls State Park.  The walk to the falls is about a mile roundtrip but is semi-steep with switchbacks.  Once you get there though, prepared to be in awe.   

Bridal Veil Waterfall is a 2-tier waterfall.  The top falls about 60-100 feet and the lower falls drops about 40-60 feet.  It is absolutely gorgeous!

Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural attraction in Oregon.  The falls gets about 2.5 million visitors per year.  It is made up of 2 falls with a total drop of 620 feet.  Benson Bridge makes the scene very picturesque.      

Horsetail Falls tumbles down about 176 feet and can be viewed from the road.

It was a great fall day for a trip to the Columbia River Gorge.


the red headed traveler said...

Absolutely stunning photos! I'm a city girl but love visiting the great outdoors and your pictures are sure inspirational to do so!

~Holly~ said...

the red headed traveler: Thanks! Maybe your next trip should be to Oregon. ;0)