With many of the most popular trails closed in the Columbia River Gorge area due to last year’s wildfires, visitors to the Portland area are unsure of where to hike. The good news is Oregon is beautiful and there are so many great, nearby places to hike where you can experience waterfalls, mountains, canyons, and so much more!
Sadly, all of the hikes around this area are closed for repairs following the fires. However, you can still access the viewing platform at the base as well as the bridge. This is one of the most iconic spots in Oregon, so it’s definitely worth your while to swing through to grab a couple quick photos.
This 2.4 mile loop is relatively easy and brings you to some beautiful spots. For the majority of the hike, you will walk alongside a stream which leads you to two waterfalls. Additionally, there’s a great cliff-side spot overlooking the Columbia River.
Bridal Veil Falls
Take a quick 1.4 mile round trip walk down to the Bridal Veil Falls. While the hike is short and sweet, prepare for an uphill return. In addition to the Bridal Veil main trail, there are a few paths that hug the cliffs and provide a nice view of the Columbia River, so be sure to hit those, too.
Enjoy a 3.3 mile out and back hike to Tamanawas Falls where you get to hike alongside a powerful stream, through rocky terrain, and can view basalt columns at the waterfall. This trail has a lot of tree coverage, so it will keep you nice and cool on the rare warm Portland days. This hike is near Mt. Hood, so you will get some great views of the mountains and peak as you make your way to this trail.
Drew and I managed to pack all of these waterfalls into one day and found it to be just the right amount of hiking and exploring. We certainly plan on visiting Portland again to check out more of the Columbia Gorge, but in the meantime there are plenty of other amazing things to see in the Portland area! Happy hiking!