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Wahekeena Falls: The one Oregon waterfall everyone should see



Perhaps you’ve heard of Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge ? the allegedly second tallest perennial falls in the US, and a favorite among Portlanders. It is pretty fantastic, but the best falls in the gorge actually goes to the girl next door: Wahkeena Falls.
At first glance, Multnomah Falls appears to easily beat its neighbors with its 620-foot height and romantic, Disney-esque bridge spanning the break between a two-stepped plunge. It looks like a scene from Snow White, along with an adorable lodge-like gift shop and restaurant at its base.

Set further from the highway, Wahkeena Falls is also two-tiered, but much shorter. It doesn’t have a lodge and there is no clear-cut view to photograph it from the highway below.  Instead it requires a short hike up to the bridge to really see it, but then only half of it because the first drop disappears from vision as it’s neared.
But first impressions can be deceiving ? spend a little more time with them both and you’ll find Wahkeena’s magic wins.
Part of the problem with Multnomah is it has no secrecy. Because the falls are literally right at the side of the interstate, everything is on display at first quick sight. It has been designed to be a major tourist stop since the creation of the highway about a 100 years ago, which also makes it crowded. Tourists can jump in and out of their cars to enjoy a quick pic in less than a minute before hitting the road again. It doesn’t require any ...
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