Hiking Wahclella Falls in Oregon

Wahclella Falls a waterfall in Oregon

There are so many amazing hikes to go on in Oregon like Wahclella Falls, a kid friendly 2 mile hike in the scenic Columbia Gorge area.

We hiked Wahclella Falls last summer on a super hot day and like all the hikes in the gorge area it was beautiful. We had never hiked the Wahclella Falls trail before, but picked it out because it is considered both kid-friendly and easy. Since I was hiking with four kids ages 6 – 12, I definitely needed a hike that was kid friendly. There are some drop offs on this trail but not near as severe as many trails in the gorge. At no point did I feel uneasy with all the kids.

To get here take exit 40 off of I-84. You do have to pay for parking. I believe it was $5. I suggest taking ten $1 bills with you just in case. Or if you have some sort of parking pass that works too. I forgot our annual pass so I had to write a check!

Hiking Wahclella Falls with kids in Oregon


What I did not realize is that we would be able to swim when we got near the falls. Next time I will have the kids wear bathing suits and bring water shoes with us. It is always so nice to be able to swim half way through a hike on a hot day. Instead we just took our shoes off and dipped our feet in the water, which was still refreshing. This is also the perfect time to stop for a snack break as well. Wahclella FallsWahclella FallsThe kids had a lot of fun climbing around on the rocks.

I should mention that along the way we saw two small snakes sunbathing on rocks. This is the first time we have ever seen snakes out in the gorge.
Wahclella falls Wahclella Falls

After you reach the falls I found it a little challenging to spot where the trail continues. This is not a one way in one way out. So after you pass the falls you continue on. You are headed back the way you came, but not the same exact way as before.

Hiking Wahclella Falls a kid friendly hike in the Scenic Columbia Gorge area of Oregon

There are many other hikes in the scenic Columbia Gorge area. One of my other favorites is Punchbowl Falls.

Have you been hiking in Oregon? What is your favorite hike? I am always looking for new hiking trails.


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