Get a good workout on this classic Gorge-view hike close to Portland. Starting in a fern filled forest, the trail climbs uphill for 0.6 mile before reaching the top of Coopey Falls, a 150 to 175 foot horsetail waterfall, and the footbridge crossing the creek. Continuing on, the trail begins to switchback uphill for 1.6 miles through a fire-scarred area before reaching the ridge crest. Turn left at a junction to a spectacular gorge viewpoint. Use extreme caution at the steep cliff edge. Continue east 2 miles to Wahkeena Springs and Wahkeena Falls Trail #420. Average trail grade is 10-15%.
At a Glance
Last cleared of logs in 2016. Please do not cut switchbacks.
Motor vehicles and bicycles are prohibited.
Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Dogs must be on leash.
From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84; turn off at Bridal Veil exit #28 and onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trailhead is at the junction of the Historic Columbia River Highway and East Bridal Veil Road.
From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84; turn off at Ainsworth State Park exit #35 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway for 7.1 miles to the trailhead.
Several loop opportunities are available from this trail. Consult a good, up to date map when planning backpacking trips.
This is one of the less steep trails in the Gorge. It climbs through an area that experienced a wildfire in 1991 and evidence of the burn can still be seen.
Look for a wildflower display (which peaks in May) of blue-eyed grass, star-flowered Smiliacina, and Trillium at lower levels.