OR – COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NAT’L SCENIC AREA

Location: OR  –  COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NAT’L SCENIC AREA
       Directions: The western end of the Columbia River Gorge is located about 15 miles east of Portland OR. On I-84, take Exit 22 to get on Historic US 30. Access the eastern end of this area via I-84, Exit 35.
       Misc. Info: Restrooms are available at a few of the stops along the way, primarily those with picnic areas. Parking is somewhat limited at a few of these stops.
Date of Visit: Mid May 2014
       Conditions: Variable from sunny to mostly cloudy
       Time of day: Morning and afternoon over two days
       Photography: Mid May is a great time to visit the Columbia River Gorge. The flow of water at this time of year is quite substantial. So much so that, when photographing from near the base of waterfalls, spray can be problematic. Another minor issue for my wife and me was having a significant amount of sun. (I strongly prefer overcast light for photographing waterfalls.) Nevertheless, we felt that our trip to this area was very worthwhile. We visited 5 waterfalls in the gorge. From west to east, we saw Latourell (above left), Bridal Veil, Wahkeena, Multnomah, and Horsetail (above right). (The trail and the bridge at Multnomah were closed for repair from a rock fall.) All of these falls were fairly easy to access. Horsetail Falls is right by the road. Well-maintained trails led to the other four falls. The longest of these was the downhill path to Bridal Veil, which was about a half-mile, one-way.