Wahkeena Falls via the Return Trail

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It seems strange to have a trail called “return” when it could be the start of your trail.  That’s where I ended up today after an aborted attempt to find the trail to Wauna Viewpoint (not the same as Wauna Point).  I tried to wing it without a map after reading a website.  I know, I know.  Bad move.

The Return Trail starts just west of the Multnomah Falls parking lot.  I’d never been to Wahkeena Falls proper, so it seemed a fine choice.  The pup and I were quickly back on track.  The trail cuts across the slope for about half a mile, going through one odd little dip where there was a giant overhang.   The photo doesn’t do it justice.  It never does.

The overhang and trail dip

The overhang and trail dip

A weeping wall of green with long pinkish tendrils

A weeping wall of green with long pinkish tendrils

Once I reached the creek below Wahkeena Falls, I gawked at the scenery.  The water was lovely, with new fallen leaves adding some yellow and orange to the whitewater and the normal greens and browns of the area.

Looking up towards the falls

Looking up towards the falls

Zooming in from below you can see the different plunges

Zooming in from below you can see the different plunges

On the far side of the creek, I walked up one giant switchback two tenths of a mile to the falls.  The cascade is not as tall as Latourell or Multnomah, but it has multiple drops of varying widths.  It is quite lovely.

Jackie Chan wants to play close to the edge

Jackie Chan wants to play close to the edge

As close to a full frontal shot as I could manage

As close to a full frontal shot as I could manage

Jackie Chan and I hung out on a bench fifty yards beyond the falls.  A runner trotted by wearing shorts that looked like they were taped on him.   The trail continued toward the Larch Mountain Trail, but this was good enough for today.   Wahkeena Falls is an easy hike, but an enjoyable one.

Wall o' ferns on the return

Wall o’ ferns on the return

Almost done.  Some nice color variety, and a sliver of the Columbia through the trees

Almost done. Some nice color variety, and a sliver of the Columbia through the trees

 

About Josh Baker

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir

Posted on October 30, 2013, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Navigation, Outdoors, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A respectable jaunt with lovely photo ops 🙂

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