Latourell Falls, Latourell Falls - Guy W. Talbot State Park, Portland - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Latourell Falls - 2.4 miles
Latourell Falls - Guy W. Talbot State Park
|Round-Trip Length:||2.4 miles (distance includes loop to upper falls)|
|Start-End Elevation:||180' - 623' (657' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||443' net elevation gain (to upper falls) | 505' total roundtrip elevation gain|
Latourell Falls - 2.4 Miles Round-Trip
Latourell Falls plunges 224' over a columnar basalt wall on the west end of the Columbia River Gorge. A loop can be taken over the top to Upper Latourell Falls, a 120' horsetail with an accessible grotto behind it. While crowds can build at the main fall, fewer make the 445', 1.2 mile climb to see the upper fall.
Latourell can be experienced several ways, including great views from the parking lot and just a few steps up the main trail. You can also drop to a viewing area near the plunge pool, or hike the complete loop.
The loop comes highly recommended for its range of perspective, and a close look at the upper fall. Clockwise travel is more common, but each direction requires a short, steep climb up the Latourell Creek drainage.
This description travels counter-clockwise for lighter crowds, and omits the lower viewing area for descriptive simplicity. The lower viewing area adds only nominal distance to the loop:
Walk west from the trailhead for .15 miles along the Historic Columbia River Highway to a sign pointing left for the upper falls (it says, '1.04 miles to the falls'). You'll cross a scenic bridge over Latourell Creek en route, which was built in 1914.
Turn left and begin a steady, winding climb to a step-out viewpoint with panoramas across the river (.52 miles). The trail dips, veers right at a fork, then rises back along the creek under sprawling bigleaf maple and notably large cedar.
You'll see the far side of the loop across the creek before reaching a bridge at the base of Upper Latrourell Falls (1.2 miles : 623'). The falls spill over a large grotto that's fairly easy to walk under. Cross the bridge to see the uppermost portion of the falls, which is concealed on the initial approach.
The loop continues down the east side of Latourell Creek to the top of Latourell Falls with a dizzying look at its vertical path. Bright yellow lichens distinguish the lip over which it tumbles. Continue steeply down to the trailhead to complete the loop.
Interactive GPS Topo MapKey GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84
- N45 32.327 W122 13.071 — 0.0 miles : Latourell Falls Trailhead
- N45 32.319 W122 13.246 — .15 miles : Begin steep climb to upper falls on loop
- N45 32.211 W122 13.127 — .62 miles : Steep climb with river views
- N45 31.834 W122 13.211 — 1.2 miles : Upper Tier of Latourell Falls
- Latourell Falls was featured in the 2009 post-apocalyptic movie 'The Road', starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.
- Waterfall heights were provided by waterfallsnorthwest.com.
Rules and Regulations
- No pass or fee is required to access the Latourell Falls Trail.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Directions to Trailhead
Directions to Latourell Falls:
From Portland (and points west):
Travel east on I-84 to Exit #28 / Bridal Veil Falls. Turn right on the Historic Columbia River Highway and drive approximately 3 miles to the parking lot.
From Hood River (and points east):
Travel west on I-84 to Exit #35 / Ainsworth. Pass under the highway to the south side. Turn right (west) on the Historic Columbia River Highway and drive 11 miles to the parking lot.
A recreation pass is not required to access this trail.
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