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Falls Creek Falls, Washington

August 17, 2013 2 comments

The Columbia Gorge is well known for its many waterfalls.  The best known ones are on the Oregon side, but there are some spectacular falls on the Washington side as well.  This week we hiked to the eponymous “Falls Creek Falls”, about 60 miles from our home base in Vancouver, WA.  It was a terrific hike.

The hike itself starts next to Falls Creek, and there are small water falls and larger pools that look most idyllic.  Certainly photogenic!  As you head towards the Falls, you walk alongside (and across) the Creek, so you hear and see the creek all the way up.  It is just under 2 miles, all uphill but moderate.  And when you get to the Falls you are greeted by a magnificent sight… the Falls themselves.

It is a two stage Falls, Upper and Lower.  Both are quite scenic and very camera friendly!

Falls Creek, at the start of the trail

Falls Creek, at the start of the trail

Part way up you can see the rocky vreek bed

Part way up you can see the rocky Falls Creek bed

In fact, you have to cross it several times

In fact, you have to cross it several times

Just as you get close, you can see the Uper Falls

Just as you get close, you can see the Upper Falls

And here is a fukll shot of the Falls.  Both Upper and Lower are visible.

And here is a full shot of the Falls. Both Upper and Lower are visible.

A slightly different angle of the Falls

A slightly different angle of the Falls