Science teaches us about erosion and glaciers carving out these amazing canyons and gorges. Each time I see the Columbia River from Vista House (at the top of one of the cliffs), I am simply awe-inspired. Trying to imagine this area from the eyes of Lewis and Clark or settlers coming west to find a new life. The “oh, shit” moment they must have had when they got blown all over the place – or tried to figure out how they were going to pass through this terrain. The gorge is a huge wind tunnel and not easy to navigate because of the danger of slides and rock falls.
The gorge has some amazing waterfalls located off the Historic Columbia River Highway – a narrow, windy highway that was in use up until the 1930s when the I84 Interstate was built. Today, it serves as a nice access to the viewpoints and waterfalls.
Like the Latourell waterfall. A short hike down trails like this one:
Or the Wahkeena Falls
And on the 1/4 mile hike, you can see things like this:
But the grand daddy of all of the falls is Multnomah Falls. The largest waterfall in the state of Oregon.
It was a perfect day to spend in the Gorge. Maybe when it gets colder, I’ll redo the trip and show you what the falls look like in the snow and ice. Amazing!