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Elowah Falls, Oregon


The Columbia Gorge is well know for its many waterfalls.  Certainly, they are one of the man attractions.  This week, we hiked to Elowah Falls, one of the few we have never been to before.  Sure glad we didn’t miss this one!

Elowah Falls is actually two falls in one.  It is about one mile hike in to get to the Lower Falls, an additional mile to get to Upper Falls.  Both Falls are worth the hike in, the view from the top is totally different than from the bottom.

As we stared our hike, we noticed an old water tower.  And later, the remains of an old iron pipeline.  Presumably, these provide water for the steam locomotives that used to carry goods to and from the coast.

The old water tower, close to the bottom

The old water tower, close to the bottom

The trail is good, mostly uphill

The trail is good, mostly uphill

A spider web, just visible in the sunlight

A spider web, just visible in the sunlight

The old steel pipeline

The old steel pipeline

Our first view of the Lower Falls

Our first view of the Lower Falls

And here is the Lower Falls

And here is the Lower Falls

Romola, at the bottom of the Falls

Romola, at the bottom of the Falls

A little froggy didn't like our intruding his living space

A little froggy didn’t like our intruding his living space

A little flower

A little flower

A view back to the Columbia River

A view back to the Columbia River

The way uo gets steeper, and narrower

The way up gets steeper, and narrower

We can see the top of Lower Falls on our way up

We can see the top of Lower Falls on our way up

And here, at the top, Upper Elowah Falls

And here, at the top, Upper Elowah Falls

  1. Ben Hayes
    August 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    wish I was there. ben

    Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:20:55 +0000 To: texbiker@msn.com

  2. Jen
    August 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Very cool! I did some short hikes on the OR side of the Columbia Gorge at the beginning of May but did not go to these wonderful places! Awesome!

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