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Wahkeena Falls Tours

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Wahkeena Falls
Situated on the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Wahkeena Falls cascades 242 feet (74 meters) in tiers through lush green forest. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the area, not only because of its beauty, but also because getting to it requires only a very short hike.

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.

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. 
 
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. 

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.
Address: Wahkeena Falls, Oregon, USA
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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from PortlandDay Trips

Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day on this guided tour to Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls. Travel along the historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway and stop at the magnificent falls of Multnomah, Latourell, and Bridal Veil.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Mt Hood Waterfall & Wine Tour

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA), the lovechild of the Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley AVAs. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, wine tasting, and a stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology, natural resources, and wine, will teach you about the natural history, cultural history, and wine background of the area, as you drive the the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. The guide will feel out the group’s tastes in choosing 2 wineries. We cover farm-to-table lunch, you cover tasting fees.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour Nature and Wildlife

Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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The 85-mile (137-km) long Columbia Gorge NSA would be a national park if it weren't a critical transportation corridor. It features waterfalls, mountains, monoliths, terraces, resort towns, vineyards, orchards, and The River, harboring a plethora of fish and birds, and unique plants and invertebrates. In the early 1900s, Portlanders would drive their Model T cars along the Columbia River Highway to gaze at waterfalls. It was the first scenic highway built in America. There is said to be over 4000 waterfalls; many are hidden away, but many are just a short hike off the Historic Highway. On this tour you'll explore the western, rainforested, southern side of the Gorge, dubbed "waterfall alley" where we'll have you getting wet under a waterfall, peering over cliffs, and learning stories of the area only the locals know. NOTE: *MULTNOMAH FALLS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19. YOU WILL VISIT A SUBSTITUTE WATERFALL*
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Air Tour of Multnomah Falls Private and Luxury

Private Air Tour of Multnomah Falls

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Take in aerial views of Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon's most popular natural attractions, with this adventure flight over the Columbia Gorge. Board a small plane in Troutdale on the outskirts of Portland and fly into the waterfall-rich Gorge region, where you'll catch glimpses of Bridal Veil Falls and Wahkeena Falls along the way.
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  • 35 minutes
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The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and WaterfallsDay Trips

The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, fruit stands in the Hood River Valley, downtown Hood River (your opportunity for lunch and/or alcoholic beverages), and breathtaking stops in the eastern and western Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls included). Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology and natural resources, will teach you about the natural and cultural history of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. Maximum group size of 11. Pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • Free Cancellation
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Scenic Waterfalls Tour with a Local GuideDay Trips

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Scenic Waterfalls Tour with a Local Guide

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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures. Grab your hiking shoes and join an expert local guide for an unforgettable tour of Columbia Gorge and its beautiful waterfalls. Just outside of Portland’s urban centre, a world of natural wonder awaits – one that you’ll have the chance to experience for yourself on a scenic hike that takes in not only the best of the gorge, but some off-the-beaten-path gems, too.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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