Wahclella Falls Trail (#436)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Trail leading to Wahclella Falls.

Wahclella Falls is one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the Gorge, and well worth the 2.4 mile round-trip hike to view. A 350-foot two-tiered plunge, its upper falls are 15-25 feet, while the lower 60-foot horsetail fall plummets into an enormous splash pool. 

Wahclella Falls Trailhead also provides access to Wahclella Falls Trail #436 and Gorge Trail #400 and is located near Toothrock State Park.

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. The trail winds past house-sized boulders left behind by a 1973 landslide, entering the Mark O. Hatfield wilderness. 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.

Tip: If you have small children you may prefer to stay on the lower trail and avoid the sheer-sided return loop. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or a valid Recreation Pass is required at the Trailhead.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR
Water: No
Restroom: There is a portable toilet on site year-round.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

General Information


From Portland, OR travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #40, Bonneville Fish Hatchery.  Turn right and right again (south) and follow the road to the trailhead. 

From Cascade Locks OR travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #40, Bonneville Fish Hatchery.  Turn left (south) and follow the road to the trailhead. 

General Notes:

 Wahclella Falls Trail. Wahclella Fall.

  Wahclella Falls Trail #436.  Wahclella Falls.

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