Bridal Veil Falls

Columbia River Gorge / Portland, Oregon, USA

About Bridal Veil Falls

Hiking Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-03-28
Date last visited: 2009-03-28

Waterfall Latitude: 45.55467
Waterfall Longitude: -122.18028

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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 Historic Columbia River Highway since the waterfall fell beneath the road.

Columbia_River_Gorge_046_03282009 - Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

The other reason was that we had to do a little walk as well to get in front of the Bridal Veil 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 and devoid of crowds).

Overall, the walk was about 15 minutes each way I think.

Columbia_River_Gorge_056_03282009 - Looking back at the trail leading up to the lookout right in front of Bridal Veil Falls
Looking back at the trail leading up to the lookout right in front of Bridal Veil Falls

It ended at a viewing deck with a direct frontal look at the falls.

However, I’ve seen some postcards that showed the Bridal Veil 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.


Bridal Veil Falls resides in the Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint, which is within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Columbia_River_Gorge_037_03282009 - View of the Bridal Veil Falls from the viewing platform
Columbia_River_Gorge_039_03282009 - Another focused direct look at the dual tiers of the Bridal Veil Falls from the viewing platform
Columbia_River_Gorge_059_03282009 - Obstructed view of the falls that gives you a better perspective of its characteristics

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.

For both reference points (Shepperd’s Dell and Multnomah Falls), I’ve provided a link to the directions on getting to each place.

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