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Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Free admission
Wahkeena Falls, Oregon

The Basics

Located across a small stone bridge from the Columbia River Highway, this tiered waterfall is both easy to get to and beautiful (the name Wahkeena is believed to come from the Yakama term for “most beautiful”). The waterfall is a popular stop on Columbia Gorge tours, frequently visited in conjunction with nearby attractions such as Bridal Veil and Multnomah Falls. A popular loop hike connects Wahkeena with Multnomah Falls, passing by Fairy Falls en route.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

star-4
Rainy day waterfall tour
Deanna_S, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The tour and guide were great, the four stars were more because it rained that day and Vista house was closed due to Covid. Kind of hard to take pics from the van when it’s fogged up from the weather. But, the waterfalls were beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave entertaining stories about the things we were seeing. But, good thing my iPhone was waterproof!
star-5
Unforgettable!!!
Yoshie_Y, Sep 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Gunner was an amazing your guide. Very Covid safe and aware. His knowledge was educating and funny. He made it day trip very memorable and breathe taking!!!
star-5
Carrie was amazing;...
Tiffanie_P, Dec 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Carrie was amazing; incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The views were just breathtaking and I would totally recommend!
star-5
Very knowledgeable guide. Phil did a great job.
Hikmet_P, Dec 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Very nice nature views. It was raining. But we still enjoyed it. We recommend this trip to friends and family.
star-5
Love it
Ruby_A, Nov 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Beautiful experience we spend time with my wife in her birthday and everything was amazing the driver was safe and knowledgeable if you like natural this is good trip we love it.
star-5
Beautiful Tour!
Amber_F, Nov 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Our tour guide Carrie was AMAZING!! She gave us a lot of cool information about the different spots we were stopping at and even took us on a little hike because we had extra time. I definitely recommend this tour, especially with Carrie! -AJ
star-4
Portland is exciting and there’s plenty to do to have a good time
James_F, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
From the hotel pick up until the hotel drop off the experience was great. Jarred made sure that we were comfortable and he had knowledge about each tour. Although it rained it stop my family and I from enjoying the views of the scenery. Jarred was amazing and I would recommend him and this tour.
star-5
Great Experience!
Ryan_B, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The tour was quick and informative. Well worth it! Great way to see multiple waterfalls and not have to deal with the hassles of going on your own, renting a car, etc.
star-4
Enjoyed this tour. Love all the waterfalls.
Corazon_I, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Magnificent waterfalls.The experienced we had being up close to the majestic force of nature is incredible.
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Kevan_D, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Great way to get out into nature for part of the day. Beautiful scenery and waterfalls are spectacular. Second time I've been on this tour and it never gets old.
star-5
Awesomeness
Robert_W, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Our guide Adam was so kind and very knowledgeable. He made our trip so pleasant. We really recommend this tour when you are here in Portland. Do not hesitate to do it. It worthy
star-5
Norman the tour guide...
Susan_B, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Norman the tour guide was wonderful… the van had a water leak… seats were wet and cold and that was not his fault. Will never use this tour again… the prep before the tour was horrendous

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring rain gear—rain is common in the gorge, even during the summer.

  • Although the hike is short, it requires walking on uneven terrain, so wear sturdy shoes.

  • The parking lot here fills up quickly; if you visit on a summer weekend, be prepared to park elsewhere and walk.

  • The Wahkeena Falls are not easily accessible for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Wahkeena Falls is located in the Columbia River Gorge, on the Historic Columbia River Highway, about a 45-minute drive from Portland via the I-84 freeway. If you can't find parking right at the falls, you may have better luck leaving your car in the parking area at nearby Multnomah Falls and walking the rest of the way.

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When to Get There

The waterfall is open throughout the year, though it’s at its best in early summer, when snowmelt keeps the water levels high. This time of year is also relatively warm, though there’s still a much higher chance of rain than if you visit later in the season. Avoid summer weekends if possible, as the crowds can make traffic (and parking) a pain.

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Outdoorsy Portland

Alongside the Wahkeena Falls, there are plenty more outdoor attractions to explore in and around Portland. In the City of Roses, don't miss the Portland International Rose Test Garden or the Lan Su Chinese Garden, with its ornate bridges built by Suzhou artisans. A little farther afield, you can explore the Silver Falls State Park, one of the most popular and largest in Oregon.

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