Thursday, June 30, 2016

Latourell Falls Loop


This is a great family friendly loop filled with forest scenery and the beautiful Latourell Falls. Then the trail loops back around to where you came from.

Trail Description

Beginning from the trailhead from the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), follow the trail uphill to the left of Latourell Falls (or sometimes referred to as the lower falls). At the falls, the lichen-covered columnar basalt formations around the falls steal the show. Continue to the Upper Falls after crossing several bridges and following Henderson Creek. Finally you'll come to the upper falls, a two tiered drop: first a block fall that's almost hidden and then a plunge into a pool. 
  
Now continue on the other side of the creek back to the HCRH. Once you get to the highway, you can return back to your car by carefully walking on the side of the road. Or better yet, cross the highway and walk down some steps to Guy Talbot State Park. Look for a paved path to your right. Follow this approximately .25 miles, taking you under the HCRH. The bridge, dating from 1914, is interesting in its own right, with special lightweight construction due to the unstable soils in the area. This will return you back to your car. 
Learn more about the trail and read and alternate option at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/latourell-falls-loop.html
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Brickhaven Bed and Breakfast


If you are in the Corbett and need a place to stay, Brickhaven Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place to stop. Beautiful views of the Gorge and right along the Historic Highway, This makes a great place to stop whether you are looking to get away for home or are exploring the Gorge.
Upon arriving at Brickhaven you will walk through the lush garden across a hand laid recycled brick entrance into a one of kind of architectural wonder. Designed and built in the 1950s by Portland’s Commercial Cartoonist Ernie Hager, Brickhaven is constructed in a Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural style using recycled bricks and is decorated in an eclectic artistic decor. Sculptures, artwork and antiques are tastefully placed throughout Brickhaven each with a story of it’s own.
Stepping outside onto the massive Brick paver patio you will be treated to a stunning view of the gorge and manicured grounds.
Guests enjoy the privacy of elegantly appointed guest rooms, each with it’s own stunning view of the gorge. Enjoy nature through vaulted windows in the spacious sitting room. Tickle the ivories of the 1907 Steinway Grand piano, or enjoy the solitude by the fireplace.
Learn more about Brickhaven at: brickhaven.com/about/history/

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dining At Char Burger

Bask in the beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge as you enjoy a delicious burger at The Char Burger. This historic dining spot is located right off I-84 so you can stop in on your way to or from your adventures at The Gorge.
The Char Burger serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Under new ownership since July, 2013, the Char Burger restaurant has been completely remodeled and updated. The Cascade Locks restaurant retains its historic character and memorabilia. A great eatery for visitors of the Pacific Crest Trail, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Multnomah Falls and other Columbia Gorge waterfalls.
Learn more about The Char Burger at: charburger84.com/

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Monday, June 27, 2016

3 Waterfalls 1 Hike

3 Waterfalls in one less that 5  mile hike. This is a great excursion for the more experienced groups but it is well worth the trip.
This is a quintessential western Gorge hike - 3 sparkling waterfalls (one in which you get to walk behind!), several outstanding Gorge views, and one unique Oneonta Gorge slot canyon all packed in 2.2 miles (one way)! 
  
Begin the hike next to 176-ft Horsetail Falls and climb along a mossy slope of ferns. At .2 miles, turn right onto the Gorge Trail taking you to 80-ft Ponytail Falls in which you get to walk behind! Linger here to enjoy the dancing of the falls' spray. 
  
Beyond the falls in .4 miles you'll come to several trails to the right. They lead to several outstanding viewpoints at the cliffs edge, high above the river. Be careful to not get to close to the edge. 
  
Continue on the main trail another .4 miles, crossing over a metal footbridge above 60-ft Oneonta Falls. Quickly you'll arrive at a junction with the Oneonta Trail. Turn left here to Triple Falls, .9 miles up the trail, making for a perfect lunch spot. 
  
Turn around and head back the way you came to complete this out-and-back 4.4 mile hike. 
  
This hike enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness at approximately a few hundred feet south of the trail junctions of #438 and #424.
Learn more about the Horsetail, Ponytail and Triple Falls hike.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Upper McCord Creek Falls Hike


Family friendly and easy out and back type hike, you will enjoy beautiful views, forest scenery and the wonderful Upper McCord Creek Falls.
This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before entering the forest and coming to McCord Creek Falls. This is a remarkable double falls and well worth the trip. Note that sometimes on dry summer days, only one falls may be flowing. 
Learn more about Upper McCord Creek Falls Hike.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elowah Falls Hike


Elowah Falls is a beautiful family friendly hike is a great way to spend a day with the family. Featuring a beautiful waterfall and wonderful scenery, this hike is a great way to spend a summer day.
At Elowah Falls, McCord Creek crashes into a huge amphitheater made up of several distinct lava flows. This is a fairly easy hike, appropriate for most beginners, leading to a 289-foot waterfall. There is a small amount of climbing involved, with a summit in the middle of the hike. Follow the trail from the parking area up to junction, veer left to lower trail. 
Learn more about Elowah Falls Hike.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wahkeena Falls Hike

This easy family friendly hike is a great choice for a summer day out with the family. Enjoy the beautiful forest scenery, and wonderful view of the waterfall.
This beautiful trail starts by crossing a wooden bridge over Wahkeena Creek. Be sure to head right here; the trail to the left leads to Multnomah Falls. The trail climbs to a stone bridge at the base of Wahkeena Falls, where spray on the trail here is year-round. In the winter, this can get very icy. The trail then starts up a steep section, climbing about 400 feet in half a mile. At the top of this first climb, you'll crest a ridge. Follow the pavement out to the point, called Lemmon's Viewpoint. Return the route you ascended. 
Learn more about Wahkeena Falls Trail.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Golfing At McMenamins Edgefield


McMenamins Edgefield offers a wonderful golfing green great for beginners and fun for all.
Said to be loosely based on the mythic links described in Michael Murphy's novel Golf in the Kingdom, our two par-3 Pub Courses (12 holes & 20 holes) meander throughout the Edgefield property, winding in and around thickets of blackberry bushes, all the while offering panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge while you work on your short game. Holes vary from 43 to 84 yards in length; all guests are welcome, even those who've never swung a club! Both courses are equally challenging, mostly for beginners, but fun for all.
If you play the East Course, stop and pay homage to Jerry at the "Garcia Bronze," a dramatic, tree-like sculpture by artist Joe Cotter that honors the late Grateful Dead guitarist. After your round, visit our clubhouse in the Distillery Bar to toast your victory or discuss your defeat.
Learn more about Golfing at McMenamins Edgefield.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Bridal Veil Falls Hike


This quick family friendly hike is a great way to spend time with the kids and see gorgeous views and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls.
This is a quick, but nice stroll for kids or less mobile hikers. The trail is paved, and all-access, circling the top of a bluff in Bridal Veil Park. There are beautiful views of the Columbia River, as well as a good look at the transportation routes in the area. Numerous historic markers explain Gorge history, geology and plant life. Hikers in the park should check out the Bridal Veil Falls Hike as well.  
Learn more about the Bridal Veil Hike at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/bridal-veil-falls.html

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Nesmith Point Hike


This 10 mile hike is great for hikers who want to challenge themselves. Enjoy beautiful views and greenery to an old fire lookout.
Starting from the Elowah Falls Trailhead, hike up to the junction with Trail #400, and continue the very steep ascent, following signs for Nesmith Point.  This will lead you right onto the Nesmith Point Trail (#428), then up to an old road, where you will find an old fire lookout and abandoned outhouse. Once at the top, great views of the Gorge and surrounding mountains allow the weary hiker a nice rest before a knee-breaking trip back down. 
SRC: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/nesmith-point.html

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rooster Rock Loop


This trail is great way to spend the day with your family. This easy simple loop gives you great views as you walk along the length of the Columbia River.

Trail Description

This is a great, easy-going hike with great river views, especially in fall and winter. It is one of the rare Gorge hikes that follows the Columbia River for most of its length, with views at either end of the loop. 
  
Please note: There is a clothing-optional beach at the east end of the path.

Learn more about Rooster Rock Loop.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vista House Hosting Summer Song Circles


Come to the Vista House this summer for song circles!
Voices will join together at Vista House this summer.
Oregon State Parks invites the public to enjoy sing-alongs at a series of free Song Circle events on select Fridays at the historic building, located at Crown Point State Scenic Corridor in the Columbia River Gorge.
Song Circles are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, and Sept. 23. These “old-fashioned campfire” events, hosted in partnership with Portland FolkMusic Society, are an opportunity to share park stories and rekindle the art of communal song circles and storytelling.
Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy folk and campfire songs. Some of the musical works will harken back to the Gorge’s natural and cultural history.
The events are open to all ages, and a special children’s sing-along event is scheduled for Aug. 26. Please bring a chair for seating.
Vista House is located about 20 miles east of Portland on the Historic Columbia River Highway, near Corbett. Vista House is open daily in the summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From Hood River, take Interstate 84 westbound and turn toward Corbett at exit 22. Follow Northeast Corbett Hill Road and the historic highway until you reach Vista House.
SRC: www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2016/jun/15/vista-house-hosting-summer-song-circles/

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Multnomah Falls Hike


Multnomah Falls is a jewel on the Historic Highway, bringing more people to view it's majestic beauty every year. This beautiful waterfall offers two lengths of hike to view it. You can talk the short walk to the Benson Bridge, or cross it and continue on the climb to the top of the falls. 

This trail begins at Multnomah Falls trailhead and climbs 0.2 mile to the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 by one of the builders of the old highway. Beyond the bridge, the asphalt trail switchbacks up steeply for another mile to a ridge crest. Look for Columbia River views as you ascend. From the top, the trail drops slightly to a junction with a trail labeled "viewpoint". The asphalt follows the side path to the Multnomah Falls Upper Viewpoint, where a balcony sits at the lip of the falls looking down on the lodge and creek below. 
  
History 
Lumber baron and philanthropist Simon Benson donated the land that the falls sit upon and funded the construction of the iconic Benson Bridge in front of Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the Columbia Gorge's most recognizable natural landmark. Benson's generosity later helped citizens work with timber companies in the 1940s and 1950s to secure protection of some of the Gorge's most iconic waterfalls.
Ditch the car and take the Columbia Gorge Express! The round trip shuttle service starts at Gateway, and stops at Rooster Rock Park, and continues to Multnomah Falls!

SRC: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/multnomah-falls.html

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Larch Mountain Crater Trail Loop


Larch mountain crate loop is a 6 mil long hike meant for those who are a little more sure in their hiking skills. The dense forest feel and the view of the wildflowers is well worth it though.
This hike starts at the Larch Mountain Trailhead (#441), at the southwest corner of the parking lot. This area of the Columbia Gorge trails is one of the few open to mountain bikes, although it doesn't seem to see a lot of use. You'll start by passing through a campground, then drop down somewhat steeply through a dense forest, and cross a closed road and a large campsite. 
  
Two miles down, turn right on to the Multnomah Creek Way Trail (#444). Continue down to a log bridge over Multnomah Creek, 0.2 miles from the trail junction. Just across the bridge, take Multnomah Creek Spur Trail (#446), then stay to the right and continue on Multnomah Creek Way Trail (#444), traveling upstream. Pass through an area that was once a lake, but has filled in with natural sediments to create a wetland. 
  
The trail continues up switchbacks to the crater wall and an old logging railroad grade. It continues on about one mile to a junction with Oneonta Trail (#424); turn right and head up Oneonta Trail (#424) for almost a mile to Larch Mountain Road. Turn right here and hike up the road for 0.3 of a mile to your car. 
Check out this trail at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/larch-mountain-crater-loop.html

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Shopping for Antiques in Troutdale, OR


While you might know the West Columbia Gorge and the surrounding towns to be famous for their incredible views, have you even considered the shopping? The quaint town of Troutdale, OR, the Gateway to the Gorge, has a great selection of antique stores. Come out to the Gorge to enjoy the views and also to find premier antique goods! Here is a list of antique vendors in Troutdale:
Bev Frank Antiques
387 E Historic Columbia River, phone: (503) 665-1640
Green Door Antiques & Antique Restoration 
113 W. Historic Columbia River Hwy., phone: 503-666-7483
Heritage House Antiques
320 E Hist Columbia R Hwy, phone: 503-667-5997
Nostalgia Antiques
345 E Hist. Columbia River Hwy, phone: 503-661-0123
Thomas Werbin Antiques 
387 E Hist Columbia R. Hwy, phone: 503-674-2910
Troutdale Antique Mall
359 E Historic Columbia River, phone: (503) 674-6820
Venuste Antiques & Estates
255 E Historic Columbia River, phone: (503) 618-0248
SRC: www.all-oregon.com/shopping/antiques.htm

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bell Creek Loop


This trail is for those hikers who like a challenge but the views and waterfalls and flowers are worth it. Surround yourself in Northwest beauty.
Begin at on the Oneonta Trail #424 and climb to the junction with Gorge Trail #400. The trail reaches a shelf above the Columbia River where viewpoints are accessible on a side-trail. Pass a junction to the Horsetail Falls Trail (#438), then continue on to Triple Falls, followed by the bridge over Oneonta Creek. 
  
The trail continues alongside the creek past another bridge. Turn left on Horsetail Creek Trail (#425) and come to the Oneonta Creek ford. After crossing the creek, switchback up about 20 times in 2.3 miles, and turn right on Bell Creek Trail (#459). Pass through three miles of forest and wetlands until you reach the junction with Oneonta Trail (#424). Turn right and keep to trail #424, bypassing a few other junctions, and pass Oneonta Canyon to complete the loop. 
Read more about the trail at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/bell-creek-loop.html 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Angels Devils Rest Loop Hike


For the experienced hiker this loop will take you all day, but the spectacular views are completely worth it.
The hike to Angel's Rest is on a winding trail (#415). It starts at about river level and quickly climbs up through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river. From the top, you'll get a spectacular 270 degree view of the Gorge, including many landmarks like Beacon Rock and Silver Star Mountain. 
  
Continuing on from Angel's Rest, you will switchback up the main trail of this hike, and in 0.25 mile come to a junction. Instead of going left on Foxglove Way, head up the hill. In about a mile, you will come to a second junction, this time with Foxglove Trail, where you will continue straight ahead. From the sign reading "Devil's Rest," the destination is about 0.4 mile off. Just before the summit, there is a second sign marking the west end of the Devil's Rest Trail (#420C), an official Forest Service trail. Go east onto the Devil's Rest Trail, and on the left come to a side trail just before a survey marker. The side trail leads to a viewpoint showing Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainer, Mount Adams, Skamania Island and the Washington side of the Columbia River. 
  
Get back on the main trail, and head east past another viewpoint. The trail winds along the top of the ridge, then switchbacks to a junction with 2 other trails. From here, the Wahkeena Trail (#420) leads east to Multnomah Falls. In about 0.5 mile, you will reach a junction with the Angel's Rest Trail (#415). Go left (west) on the Angel's Rest Trail. You will pass Wahkeena Springs before climbing another 0.5 mile. When the trail levels out, cross Mist Creek, and pass the lower junction with Foxglove Trail. In 2 miles, you will return to Angel's Rest/Foxglove Trail junction. Follow the Angel's Rest Trail past Angel's Rest and down the hill. 
  
Note: Dogs must be on-leash since this is a heavy use area. 
Learn more about the Angel's to Devil's Rest Trail. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Camping In The Gorge



If you live in Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Corbett or Cascade Locks and you need a get away without going far, Eagle Creek campgrounds are just the place for you. With many to choose from and so many activities surrounding them, you can feel like you a far away, without driving far.
Eagle Creek campground is the first developed campground in the National Forest System, being established in 1915! It also features the first restroom with flush toilets constructed in a Forest Service campground, which is still in use. This campground is part of the Eagle Creek Recreation Area featuring the classic and popular Eagle Creek Trail and access to several other hiking and road biking trails. There are outstanding day hike opportunities with views and wildflowers as well as access to the Mt. Hood National Forest and Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness with extended overnight trips. Boating, river activities, interpretive centers, fish hatcheries, bird watching and picnicking are in this area.
There are 17 campsites available, 14 of which are available for reservation atwww.recreation.gov and 3 of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each site has a paved parking apron and most are fully accessible. A central restroom features flush toilets (no showers) and drinking water. Faucets for drinking water are scattered throughout the campground. A full-time host is on site. Campsites are situated between large trees atop a bluff above Eagle Creek and the Columbia River. There are no RV hookups and there is a 20 foot trailer limit. There are tight curves on the road in campground area. Interpretive talks are offered throughout the season. 
With access to some of the Gorge's best hiking opportunities near Eagle Creek and the Historic Columbia Gorge Trail, this campground makes a terrific base camp for a weekend of adventures. 
Hike on the Historic Eagle Creek Trail, constructed in 1916, which is still considered one of the most popular and scenic hikes in the Gorge. Several other trails are also in the area: Buck PointGorge #400Ruckel Creek #405Wauna Point #402, and Shady Glen #402A. Note: Many trails in the area are very steep. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Columbia River Gorge from Wauna Point or Buck Point.
Eagle Creek campground is situated adjacent to Interstate 84 and railroad tracks, so the campground may be too noisy for some, especially sites #7-14.
Learn more about Eagle Creek Campgrounds and plan your trip today!

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Monday, June 6, 2016


For hikers that are a little more experienced, Triple Falls is fantastic. with beautiful waterfall views and green forests the Northwest is known for, it is a great way to spend a day.

Start at the Oneonta Trailhead, as it parallels the old highway. Switchback and gain a couple hundred feet until the trail flattens out, coming to a junction with Horsetail Falls Trail (#438). Take a short jaunt down the Horsetail Falls Trail to see Middle Oneonta Falls and the first Oneonta Creek Bridge. After returning back on the Oneonta Trail (#424), climb to a pair of switchbacks as it traverses high above Middle Oneonta Falls (also known as Upper Oneonta Falls). Find a short, steep, and rocky path down to the falls from the main trail, just below the switchbacks. 
  
For a longer hike, continue on the Oneonta Trail above the falls another 6.5 miles to Larch Mountain. 
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SRC: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/triple-falls.html

Friday, June 3, 2016

Troutdale’s 44th Annual SummerFest

Join Troutdale at the Gateway to the Gorge for their 44th annual SummerFest. On July 23rd from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm Historic Downtown Troutdale will be full of family-friendly activities, music and great food.
Join us for Troutdale’s 44th Annual SummerFest on Saturday, July 23rd.The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast and a display of cars, from back in the day and how they’ve changed throughout the years. Enjoy a community parade through Troutdale, chalk it up with your kids, and spend the day with family and friends in Glenn Otto Park. Also have fun with facepainting, an egg toss, water balloon toss, music, food from the community, a dunk tank, and pony rides!
Join in on the 1st Annual Columbia Gorge Cupcake War!The winning team wins $500 plus their display and cupcake featured at the Antique Car Picnic that afternoon/evening. Register your team online or pick up a registration form at the Troutdale Visitors Center or City Hall.
SRC: Download a Parade Registration Form or a Vender Application for Troutdale's 2016 SummerFest at: www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/event/summerfest-2016/

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Angels Rest Hike


If you are looking for a hike that is a little more of a challenge but rewards you with spectacular views, then Angel's Rest is the hike for you.

Trail Description

This hike is a winding trail (#415) on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge that takes you up to great views. It starts at about river level and quickly climbs up through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river.  From the top, you'll get a spectacular 270 degree view of the Gorge, including many landmarks like Beacon Rock and Silver Star Mountain. 
  
Note: Dogs must be on-leash since this is a heavy use area. 
SRC: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/angels-rest.html

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hike Latourell Falls Loop


One of the benefits of the gorge is there are no shortage of waterfall hikes. Latourell Falls is a beautiful easy hike that you and your family can do!

Trail Description

Beginning from the trailhead from the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), follow the trail uphill to the left of Latourell Falls (or sometimes referred to as the lower falls). At the falls, the lichen-covered columnar basalt formations around the falls steal the show. Continue to the Upper Falls after crossing several bridges and following Henderson Creek. Finally you'll come to the upper falls, a two tiered drop: first a block fall that's almost hidden and then a plunge into a pool. 
  
Now continue on the other side of the creek back to the HCRH. Once you get to the highway, you can return back to your car by carefully walking on the side of the road. Or better yet, cross the highway and walk down some steps to Guy Talbot State Park. Look for a paved path to your right. Follow this approximately .25 miles, taking you under the HCRH. The bridge, dating from 1914, is interesting in its own right, with special lightweight construction due to the unstable soils in the area. This will return you back to your car. 
  
Alternate Option: 

Begin the loop by parking at Guy Talbot State Park. From the park follow the paved path to the left to view the lower falls. This approximately .25 mile path that takes you under the HCRH, is a beautiful short hike. After viewing the waterfall, return the way you came to the park. 
  
To hike to the upper falls, follow the old set of stairs taking you to the HCRH. Cross the highway (very carefully!) to find the trail on the opposite side of the road. Wind your way uphill following the trail for 1.2 miles with Henderson Creek to your left to the upper falls. Return the way you came.
Learn more about this trail at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/latourell-falls-loop.html

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