||1.8 miles round-trip
||N: 45° 37' 06"
W: 121° 57' 01"
Wahclella Falls Photos
To Reach (From
Take I-84 eastbound
to Exit 40 (Bonneville Dam). Turn south (away from the dam), and
pull into a parking area just ahead on the right.
from the trailhead down an old, gated road, paralleling Tanner Creek.
When the road ends at a small water intake dam for the Bonneville Fish
Hatchery, continue down the trail through a scenic canyon.
You'll pass 60-foot
Munra Falls along the way, before the 350-foot Wahclella Falls emerges
before you, encompassed by a beautiful grotto. There are rocks for
picnicking, a pool where you can swim if you're so inclined, and the ever-present
thunder of the falls, dropping into the pool below. During late
fall, you can see spawning salmon in the pool area.
is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the gorge, providing a 290-foot
upper falls, dropping into a 60-foot horsetail and the pool below.
To the left, you can see delicate East Fork Falls tumbling down the cliff.
After relaxing for a while, you can take the loop trail around the pool,
and back to the car.
trail is a wonderful stop-off point, if you want to bring a picnic, and
don't want to spend a whole day or expend a lot of energy. The short,
smooth stroll climaxes at what is a wonderful, but undervisited waterfall,
creating a beautiful setting for a glass of wine and a snack.
We took Sandra's
sister, Anna, with us on this stroll, and although she is not a hiker
by nature, she had a great time, and even asked to go on more hikes after
this. It took only a couple of hours, including an extended lunch
break, and we had plenty of time left to explore other areas that day.
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