Wahclella Falls ©Greg Lief
Wahclella Falls ©Greg Lief

Wahclella Falls

Western Gorge, oregon

This trail heads up Tanner Creek from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead. At the small dam used by the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, the trail narrows to a single tread, and leads to a bridge taking you over Munra Falls. The trail then begins to climb up the east side of the canyon. There aren’t any cliffs here, but there are some steep drop-offs, so keep a close watch on your little ones. After a flight of stairs, you’ll come to a fork in the trail. The end of the trail is a loop, so you’ll end up hiking both sides. Taking the lower path, you’ll find great views as you approach Wahclella Falls, dropping down the mountain through a couple of switchbacks to the lower bridge. At the head of the canyon, you’ll pass through a bit of a grotto with a full view of Wahclella Falls. Past Wahclella Falls, the trail gains a bit of elevation and loops back toward the trailhead. When you reach the earlier trail junction, continue straight and head back to your car.

Trail Map

Driving Directions

Wahclella Falls/Toothrock Trailhead: From I-84, take Exit #40/Bonneville Dam. Turn south at the stop sign and drive about 100 feet. Stay to the right, taking you to Wahclella Falls trailhead. Left takes you to Toothrock trailhead.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: Out and Back
  • Length: 1.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 300 feet
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Restroom Facilities: Yes
  • Fees and Regulations: NW Forest Pass

Features:

  • Waterfall
  • Family Friendly

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,500 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain

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Credits

Trail maps are courtesy of NWHiker.org. Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of Portlandhikers.org.