20
Jun
2015
jloomis

Wahclella Falls hike - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

It was just Julian and I Saturday, so we decided to go on a hike to Wahclella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. This is an easy 2 mile round trip family friendly hike on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. The trailhead is near exit 40 off I-84. It is an out and back hike with a loop about three quarters of the way in. The trail passes Munra Falls (literally feet away) before ending at Wahclella Falls.

On this trip, my goal was to see how far our Mini Adventurer would hike on his own two feet (as opposed to be carrying him in a backpack). He just turned two less than a month ago.

Ever since our hike to Multnomah Falls earlier this year, Julian has been eager to visit more waterfalls. Today was no exception. He was all smiles and happy to begin hiking. The small parking lot (fits maybe a dozen vehicles) at the trailhead was full, so we had to park about half a mile away in a nearby parking lot (Toothrock trailhead). Don't forget your Northwest Forest pass.

Mini Adventurer at Wahclella Falls trailhead     Tanner Creek - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

We soon came to Munra Falls where we stood on the bridge admiring how close the falls were. Julian was doing great hiking and seemed to be enjoying himself. He would wave and say hi to everyone we passed.

Munra Falls     Julian at trail junction of final loop near Wahclella Falls

We took the downhill (right) split to Wahclella Falls. This part of the trail goes through an exposed rocky area. I had to hold Julian's hand, but he continued hiking. I was impressed when he made it all the way to Wahclella Falls. He's is turning out to be a great little hiker.

Wahclella Falls and bridge from a distance     Wahclella Falls - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

We ate lunch with a view of Wahclella Falls. After lunch we headed back. I was hoping Julian would want to continue walking, but he was done. He enjoyed the trip back in the pack on my back.

Mini Adventurer all smiles at Wahclella Falls     One last look at Wahclella Falls

We had beautiful weather and a great hike in the Gorge. Next time hopefully Katie will be able to join us and we'll see if our Mini Adventurer can hike even further on his own two feet.

Gear List

Deuter Kid Comfort II Backpack
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera
First Aid Kit
SPOT Gen3
Samsung Galaxy S5 w/BackCountry Navigator
Suunto A-10 Compass

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