Waterfalls of Oregon
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Oregon encompasses a surprising variety of attractions and activities. It has got beautiful stretches of relatively undeveloped coastlines, drier (even desert-like) areas in the rainshadow of the Cascade Range, windsurfing & kitesurfing at Hood River, and of course, waterfalls. Its main city of Portland is often touted as one of the Nation's most livable cities as it features very progressive (especially when compared to California) policies towards development, almost nonexistent traffic congestion (again by California standards), and it's an easy day trip away from places like the picturesque Oregon Coast, some of the active volcanoes of Southern Washington, the famous Columbia River Gorge, and even Silver Falls State Park. The state also has the incredible Crater Lake National Park. We could easily see ourselves living here except for the well-earned reputation of being very rainy, which we managed to experience for ourselves while visiting this state.
Speaking of the rain, it's perhaps no coincidence that this state seems to harbor a disproportionate amount of seriously legitimate waterfalls. They were of such magnitude that the waterfalls that would've been a big deal in much of California seem to get lukewarm responses in Oregon. Anyways, in order to get a better handle on the plethora of Oregon Waterfalls that we were able to survey, we're grouping them into the following subregions - Columbia River Gorge
, Northeastern Oregon
, Oregon Coast
, Silver Falls State Park
, and Southeastern Oregon
The waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge comprised perhaps the majority of the waterfalls in our survey of the state. Being at the north end of the base of Mt Hood, the volcano seemed to be a rain magnet, which consequently fed the plethora of waterfalls in this small stretch of land. I'd argue that you'd be hard pressed not to be waterfall-fatigued after waterfalling this subregion. In addition to the impressive Multnomah Falls
, we also managed to visit other understated yet just as impressive waterfalls like Elowah Falls
as well as one that required a bit of a dicey adventure in Lower Oneonta Falls
Northeastern Oregon pretty much encompasses everything within and to the east of the Cascade Range between Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. This means that I'm including the largely drier part of the state in the rainshadow of this portion of the Cascade Range. So in terms of land, this is a very large portion of the state geographically, but it turns out that we've only managed one waterfall sighting here in White River Falls
. If we're fortunate enough to return to the state, we'll be looking to survey more waterfalls in this subregion.
The Oregon Coast as the name would suggest covers everything up and down the state's dramatic coast. It pretty much includes every waterfall west of the I-5 corridor. Like with Eastern Oregon, there's a lot more in terms of waterfall sightings we'd like to have in the survey so we'll be sure to look for it on a future trip to the state. Among the waterfalls that we saw in this part of the state included Silver Falls
and Golden Falls
Silver Falls State Park, which ironically doesn't have a waterfall named Silver Falls, covers the ten waterfalls that we saw within the park's boundaries. Even though this subregion contains a very limited parcel of real-estate, we had to break it out into its own group given the sheer number of waterfall entries here. Indeed, this was another one of those places where it was easy to get waterfall-fatigued. This was where we saw waterfalls like the famous South Falls
Finally, the Southeastern Oregon subregion covers the Cascade Range south of Mt Jefferson and everything to the east of the mountain range. It's pretty much the area east ofthe I-5 corridor between Eugene, Roseburg, and Medord. This is by far the largest swath of the state encompassing reserves like the Three Sisters Wilderness, Crater Lake National Park, Umpqua National Forest, and Willamette National Forest. But I'm also including the drier basin further to the east (in the far southeast of the state, if you will). Among the waterfalls that we've seen here include Proxy Falls
and Salt Creek Falls
Whether you're a resident or a visitor, it's hard to ignore the plethora of waterfalls and other natural attractions the state has on offer. Thus, we can easily envision ourselves returning here time and time again; adding to the survey that you can read about below...
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