WET N WILD WATERFALLS
The Columbia Gorge is home to hundreds of stunning falls and killer views. Pick one out out at Travel Oregon, or check out The Outdoor Project- an awesome new app that helps you discover and track adventures all around the Pacific Northwest. They have great pics, maps, directions and you can even track and save adventures on your to do list. It's rad.
I shot these photos in early September when my friends were visiting from So. Cal. We tackled Wachlella and Punch Bowl and found some fun along the way..
Tip: Pack a lunch (and a couple brewskies) & make the most of it.
DIRECTIONS TO WACHLELLA FALLS (above)
From Interstate 84, take Exit 40 at Bonneville Dam and head south to the Tanner Creek Trail parking area. The hike is an easy, but stunning one mile round trip adventure.
DIRECTIONS TO PUNCH BOWL FALLS (below)
From the 84, take Exit 41 eastbound, or Exit 40 westbound and loop back east on the freeway to Exit 41. Follow the access road south to the Eagle Creek trailhead parking area. FYI, there is a $5 parking fee, so if you don't yet have your Northwest Forest Pass, have everyone in your crew bring a few bucks.
There are bunches of falls along the Eagle Creek trail, but Punch Bowl is a must see. Careful, it's super easy to miss the trail down to the canyon. If you are looking down at Punch Bowl from the viewing area (as below), you need to back track about 100 feet or so. The trail will take you down to one of the sweetest spots in the Gorge for relaxing, picnicking and cliff jumping. And if you are brave enough to test out the chilly waters, best bring a towel. ;)
Its better to freeze out than to fade away...
falls of note
Oneonta Falls - Get this one when its hot & mid-week, cuz you're gonna get wet & it gets croooowded.
Triple Falls - Stellar workout, mellow crowds - 3.75 miles roundtrip.
Have a favorite waterfall adventure in the Northwest? Do tell! ↓