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Wahkeena Falls, Troutdale

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Wahkeena Falls is a 242-foot (73 m) waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge in the state of Oregon.
The waterfall is unlike nearby Multnomah Falls in that the water does not directly plunge to the ground. Wahkeena Falls, rather, has a more subtle cascading flow. These falls have been featured in numerous travel guides and in photography books.
Spellings of this name are dubious because the word is an English transliteration of a Native American (reportedly Yakama) phrase meaning most beautiful.

Wahkeena Falls is along the Historic Columbia River Highway, about 13 miles (21 km) east of Troutdale, Oregon. A 0.2-mile (320 m) hike from the parking lot at the base leads to the stone bridge that crosses the main part of the falls. That trail continues on east to Multnomah Falls, the next falls to the east.

This waterfall is visible directly from the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The Wahkeena Creek Bridge, an 18-foot bridge having "a simple reinforced-concrete slab span", below the falls, is a contributing structure in the Historic Columbia River Highway, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and was further designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2000.
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  • One of many falls in the area and easy to walk around a to get great views for photos. Was not very crowded when we were there around 4 PM on a Sunday. 
    One of many falls in the area and easy to walk around a to get great views for photos. Was not very crowded when we were there around 4 PM on a Sunday.  more »
  • This is a smaller waterfall near Multnomah and without the stop. There are multiple trails, some short (0.2 miles and then others a mile or more). You can see the falls from the road and there is a.....  more
    This is a smaller waterfall near Multnomah and without the stop. There are multiple trails, some short (0.2 miles and then others a mile or more). You can see the falls from the road and there is a.....  more »
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  • Decent hike. Took the trail in the rain, in crocs and found no difficulty at all ascending and descending. Went with a small group while in town and it was perfect for the time slot we were working with
  • This loop was great!! Got to see a few different falls and the hike was a good one. Bathrooms closed at Wahkeena but if you're doing the loop and end up at Multnomah Falls, bathrooms are open there. Steep incline at first and worth it for the views! Get there early. Not too crowded in early am but it'll be packed by the time you're leaving. Happy hiking!!

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