10 Best Waterfall Hikes in Portland

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One of the best things about a trip to Portland is its proximity to a number of naturally-beautiful hiking trails, many of which lead adventurers to incredible waterfalls and unforgettable views. There are so many options that travelers of all ages and abilities can find a way to get out and enjoy nature.

As such, we have built our list of the 10 best waterfall hikes in Portland below.

Important Notice:
A fire in Eagle Creek in 2017 has changed the landscape of some of these trails and, where necessary, we have indicated the lasting impact on certain areas and urge anyone hiking these trails to

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is the most recognizable and popular waterfall in Oregon and well worth the trip if you are an experienced hiker. The Eagle Creek Fire left the trail much more difficult to pass due to loose rocks and debris and a greater risk of falling branches, and children and pets are not advised to attempt the hike.

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Start
Multnomah Falls Trailhead

End
Multnomah Falls Upper Viewpoint

Distance
2.4 miles
Seasons
Year-round
Difficulty
Moderate

Latourell Falls Loop

The Latourell Falls Loop is the perfect hike for novices, photographers, and those looking to escape nearby Portland for a short visit with nature. The two-tiered falls can be seen from multiple points along the trail, including a dedicated picnic area nearby.

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Start
Latourell Falls Trailhead

End
Upper Latourell Falls

Distance
2.4 miles
Seasons
Year-round
Difficulty
Easy

Ramona Falls Loop

While Ramona Falls trail mostly consists of gradual elevation gains, this is actually the easiest part of your journey. Sandy River is dangerous when waters are high, plus there is no bridge over the Sandy River Crossing, so be prepared to either balance over rocks and downed logs, or ford the river.

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Start
Ramona Falls Trailhead

End
Ramona Falls

Distance
7.1 miles
Seasons
Late Spring to
early Fall
Difficulty
Moderate

Silver Falls Perimeter Loop

As Oregon’s largest state park, Silver Falls is ideal for those looking to spend several days of hiking and exploring with seemingly endless options. Among the more difficult is the perimeter loop due to sections reaching more than 2,000 feet in elevation, but the number of creeks, critters, and falls you will encounter along the way are worth the long trip.

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Start
North Falls Trailhead

End
Buck Mountain-Lost Creek Trail Junction

Distance
16.8 miles
Seasons
Spring – Fall
Difficulty
Difficult

Trail of Ten Falls Loop

The name is all you need to motivate you to take this trip! Located in Silver Falls State Park, Trail of Ten Falls includes optional stops at a lodge that serves food, restrooms, a cathedral-like forest, and of course those magnificent waterfalls.

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Start
South Falls Lodge Trailhead

End
Upper North Falls

Distance
7.8 miles
Seasons
Year-round
Difficulty
Moderate

Bridal Veil Falls

One of the easiest hikes on our list takes you to one of the most majestic waterfalls in the Portland area. The trail leads you to the top of Bridal Veil Falls for amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge, plus an option to explore an old mill site down creek.

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Start
Bridal Veil Trailhead

End
Bridal Veil Falls

Distance
1.4 miles
Seasons
Year-round
Difficulty
Easy

Abiqua Falls

While marked as a moderate trip due to the short distance, hikers should be aware that the trail is not marked and considered quite treacherous, especially when wet, and hikers have been known to fall. More experienced hikers, however, should have no trouble reaching the payoff; the beautiful Abiqua waterfall.

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Start
Abiqua Falls Trailhead

End
Abiqua Falls

Distance
0.8 miles
Seasons
Year-round
Difficulty
Moderate

Larch Mountain

Sitting 4,000 feet up Larch Mountain is Sherrard Point, an exposed volcanic conduit with an observation area that provides stunning views of the area’s other volcanoes. The lengthy trip also takes you around several waterfalls, including Multnomah, Wiesendanger, and Dutchman Falls. But be aware that the Eagle Creek Fire left part of the trail more treacherous to navigate, so authorities warn that hiking here is at your own risk.

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Start
Multnomah Falls Trailhead

End
Sherrard Point

Distance
14.4 miles
Seasons
April – November
Difficulty
Difficult

Falls Creek Falls Loop

Falls Creek Falls is actually a three-tiered waterfall stretching more than 200 feet up. The hike includes several opportunities to wade in icy pools of water, a suspension bridge, and steep paths along the creek.

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Start
Creek Falls Lower Trailhead

End
Creek Falls

Distance
6.2 miles
Seasons
April – December
Difficulty
Moderate

Dry Creek Falls

An easy and relatively short trail, the Dry Creek hike leads to a 74-foot waterfall along a heavily-wooded path. For an interesting history lesson along the way, check out the remains of a water diversion works from the 1930s at the base of the falls.

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Start
Bridge of the Gods Trailhead

End
PCT Harvey Road Trailhead

Distance
4.4 miles
Seasons
Year-round
Difficulty
Easy

Have you navigated any of these beautiful waterfall trails? Share one of your favorites waterfall hikes in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

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