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Elowah Falls

elowah falls in the columbia river gorge oregon

Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon | © John Wulfert

One of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, Elowah Falls is a majestic and peaceful experience. Getting here is a completely different experience compared to the tourist-packed Multnomah Falls that sits right off the highway. Be prepared for a 3.5 mile roundtrip hike, with plenty of elevation changes and a decent climb in the middle. Approximately 289 feet tall, this waterfall pours over massive cliffs covered in yellow-green lichen, and the small wooden footbridge adds to the character of this scene. Standing near the base of the waterfall and looking up, the massive gorge will make anyone feel small. It can also be a little disconcerting if you hike here alone, hearing nothing but water crashing over the rocks, until a single loud crackle comes from the trail.