Hiking Project Logo

Wahclella Falls Trail #436

Intermediate
 4.6 (13)

A short, well-traveled trail leading to one of the most impressive Gorge waterfalls.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

259' 79 m

High

58' 18 m

Low

219' 67 m

Up

61' 19 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly The lower falls are easily accessible to the whole family.

Description

Wahclella Falls is one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the Gorge: a 350-foot two-tiered plunge with the final 60-foot section providing a powerful horsetail fall into an enormous splash pool. The trail winds past house-sized boulders left behind by a 1973 landslide. 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.

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. If you have small children it is advisable to stay on the lower trail and avoid the sheer-sided return loop.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 13 votes

#587

Overall
  4.6 from 13 votes
5 Star
62%
4 Star
38%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#18

in Oregon

#587

Overall
24 Views Last Month
1,011 Since Jul 2, 2015
Intermediate

23%
0%
62%
0%
15%
0%

Photos

Silhouette view of Tanner Creek Falls.
Oct 20, 2016 near Cascade…, OR
Video review of the Wahclella Falls Hike with footage of it's features and terrain.
Sep 15, 2021 near Cascade…, OR

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Apr 21, 2022
Eric Langstaff-Ohm
Jun 18, 2021
Chris G
Apr 5, 2021
Heidi Hinterberg
Feb 1, 2021
Joshua Bliss
Beautiful hike, lower hike is more beautiful. Might be great place to swim in summer, but still gorgeous in winter
Jan 8, 2020
Ryan Potter
Amazing hike. I would recommend this beginners and experienced people. Waterfall at the end is fantastic, and totally worth it for the short distance. 3.5mi — 1h 00m
Sep 21, 2019
Dan Melton
Jul 3, 2018
Steve O
This trail is 100% closed as of July 2018. The trailhead is closed and guarded. You won’t even get out of your car.
Aug 12, 2017
Rich Mirabella