Bridal Veil Falls

Columbia River Gorge / near Portland / Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Bridal Veil Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Bridal Veil Falls offered us a pretty quiet experience compared to most of the other waterfalls that we've encountered along the Columbia River Gorge's "waterfall row." Part of the reason for its relative obscurity was that it couldn't be seen from the Old Scenic Columbia Gorge Highway since the waterfall fell beneath the road. The other reason was that we had to do a little walk as well to get in front of the falls. Indeed, as we hiked the trail, we could hear motorists zooming by unaware of the waterfall that was literally under their noses.

Julie and I happened to be visiting this waterfall in the midst of some real nasty late Winter storms that showed up in late March through early April. So our quiet hike wasn't exactly the most pleasurable, but it was certainly naturesque and tranquil (if not damp).

Overall, the walk was about 15 minutes each way I think. It ended at a viewing deck with a direct frontal look at the falls. However, I've seen some postcards that showed the falls from creek level right at its base. Needless to say, we didn't try that option because of the wet and slippery conditions. We also weren't keen on going off trail realizing that it would accelerate soil erosion where the off-trail scrambling and subsequent trampling took place.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

If the weather's clear, there are awesome views to be had from the city of Portland, such as this view of Mt St Helens looming large behind the city from Council CrestIf the weather's clear, there are awesome views to be had from the city of Portland, such as this view of Mt St Helens looming large behind the city from Council Crest
Going in the opposite direction of the Columbia River Gorge from Portland was the scenic Oregon Coast, including Cannon Beach and its really near sea stacks by sandy beachesGoing in the opposite direction of the Columbia River Gorge from Portland was the scenic Oregon Coast, including Cannon Beach and its really near sea stacks by sandy beaches
View of the falls from the viewing platformView of the falls from the viewing platform

The damp walkway as we headed back from the viewing deckThe damp walkway as we headed back from the viewing deck

Obstructed view of the falls that gives you a better perspective of its characteristicsObstructed view of the falls that gives you a better perspective of its characteristics


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Bottom up sweep from the opposite side of the bridge


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Bridal Veil Falls sits unconspicuously beneath the Historic Columbia River Highway between the Shepperd's Dell and the Bridal Veil Exit off the I-84. This exit is about 26 miles (30 minutes drive) east of Portland.

The Bridal Veil Scenic Area (where the walk to the falls begins) also leads to a lookout of the Columbia River Gorge area.

Coming from the other direction, the Bridal Veil Scenic Area is 4 miles west of Multnomah Falls along the Historic Columbia River Highway.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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