Wahkeena Falls

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Wahkeena Day Use Site shelter and restrooms

Wahkeena Falls is day use area and trail situated at the base of beautiful Wahkeena Falls, just west of Multnomah Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway. One of stops along the famed waterfall area on the Historic Highway, it connnects with a network of trails that make for great day hike loop opportunities, and world-class scenery. The 242-foot falls is a tiered type of waterfall, named after the Yakama word for "most beautiful". While not as tall as nearby Multnomah, it is no less lovely.

Wakheena Falls and several trailheads are located south of the highway, where an accessible overlook provides a prime view and photo opp for visitors. Nearby trailheads include Wahkeena Trail #420Gorge #400 Trail, and a short Return Trail that can be used to hike to nearby Multnomah Falls.

Amenities at the picnic area (north of the highway) include a large picnic shelter with a stone fireplace, along with accessible picnic tables and fire rings. 

Many people ask about reservations for weddings. This is a first-come, first-served area.  If the group will be larger than 75 people, a special use permit is required.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Reservations: No reservations accepted - first come, first serve basis for picnic area and shelter.
Fees No Fee
Permit Info: Weddings, commercial uses, and any group events with more than 75 people require a special use permit.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions:   Aircraft/UAS/drone takeoffs and landings are prohibited at this site. 
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Water: No Water
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information

Accessibility:

The picnic area and waterfall overlook are both ADA accessible, unless winter conditions (ice and snow) are present. (The paved surfaces are not routinely cleared in winter.)


Directions:

From Portland, OR: Travel east on I-84 for ~30 miles, then take Exit #28, Bridal Veil. Turn left from the off ramp onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. Travel 2.5 miles east to the site's parking area along the north side of the Highway.  The trail starts on the Highway's south side.

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on I-84 to Exit #35, Ainsworth State Park. Follow the Historic Highway west 4.5 miles to the site's parking area.

From Stevenson, WA: Head south on WA-14 for 2 miles, then cross the Bridge of the Gods (toll applies). Head left onto Wa Na Pa Street, which merges onto the westbound ramp of I-84. Travel west to Exit #35, Ainsworth State Park. Follow the Historic Highway west 4.5 miles to the site's parking area.

From Vancouver, WA: The first option is to cross the Columbia River on the I-205 bridge, then head east on I-84, following the directions from Portland, OR. A more scenic alternative is to take WA-14 east to the Bridge of the Gods (toll applies). From the bridge off-ramp, head left onto Wa Na Pa Street, which merges onto the westbound ramp of I-84. Travel west to Exit #35, Ainsworth State Park. Follow the Historic Highway west 4.5 miles to the site's parking area.


General Notes:

Wahkeena Day Use Shelter and restrooms Wahkeena Falls historic stone stairway access


Recreation Map

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Activities


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