No trip to the Columbia Gorge is complete without stopping by the many waterfalls that line the Historic Scenic Highway. Last week we traveled to Oregon and did just that – safely and before new Covid travel restrictions were put into place. The weather was lousy as you can see from our first stop at Crown Point. Click the arrow right for a clear view of the Gorge from last year’s trip. (Yes I did just try out a new block editor feature!)
Fortunately the rain slowed to a drizzle after we left the Point and we had the waterfalls mostly to ourselves.
First up was Latourell Falls which you can easily see from the road.
But the best views are found at the end of the trail so we made the walk to see it close up.
I’m glad we did as the basalt columns behind the falls were marvelous!
Afterwards we headed down the road to our next stop at Bridal Veil Falls,
where we took another walk through soggy woods to get to the base of the falls.
It was worth it but by the time we made it back to the trailhead my feet were soaked.
So I was happy that no hike was needed to see our last waterfall of the day, beautiful Horsetail Falls.
Now in case you wondered, there are dozens more waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge so we didn’t see them all. But we did see the most accessible on this stretch of road and it was plenty for one rainy day.
Access to Multnomah Falls – the tallest and most famous in Oregon – was blocked from the old highway but we did stop under clear skies on our return trip home. I’ll save that for a later post.