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Latourell Falls

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

Latourell Falls from the trail climbing the eastern side in spring (Steve Hart)
Latourell Falls in late summer (Steve Hart)

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Latourell Falls is the closest Columbia Gorge waterfall to Portland, and it's quite an introduction. There's not a lot of water here, but it falls a long way. The thin flow, sometimes blown on the wind, accentuates the height. The columnar basalt at the base of the flow and the bright yellow lichen are distinctive features that highlight any photo. Latourell Falls is easy to reach in any time of year. Photos here are easy and plentiful. Winter pictures are particularly dramatic.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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Base of Latourell Falls (Steve Hart)
Bridge at the base of Latourell Falls (Steve Hart)
End of the day from behind Latourell Falls (Steve Hart)
Moss near the top of Latourell Falls (Steve Hart)
Columnar basalt surrounds the falls (Steve Hart)
View from the Latourell Falls Viewpoint (Steve Hart)
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