The grandaddy of all the falls in the gorge is Multnomah Falls, which is one of the largest year round waterfalls in the U.S. at 620 ft. In the spring, the pure power of the falls is incredible. Photographing it is very problematic though due to all the spray in the air. Another factor making photography difficult were the crowds. The falls is right along the scenic road that runs along the Oregon side of the gorge and access is just a few steps from the parking lot. This translates into a copious number of visitors milling about the vicinity. Quite frankly, my time spent here was far from the highlight of my trip, despite the beautiful setting. I enjoyed the solitude I found at some of the lesser visited, but still spectacular, falls that required a bit of hiking to see.
And speaking of the hikes...both Steve and I agreed that it was a toss up between the Eagle Creek and Tanner Creek trail systems for our favorite hike. Both were truly spectacular with lush green vegetation and countless seasonal waterfalls raining down from the canyon side walls. Our main destination along Tanner Creek was Wahclella Falls. The thundering 65 ft. waterfall was one of three in the immediate vicinity. With a little scrambling, we were actually able to compose a scene which included all three. I could have hung out at that spot all day, but there was too much more to see so we soaked it all in for a short while before shooting a few other compostions closer to the falls and heading back.
|Wahclella Falls Along Tanner Creek|
|Punchbowl Falls Along Eagle Creek|
|Elowah Falls Along McCord Creek|
Waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge