|Even while the Benson Bridge is being repaired thaer are alternatives in the West Columbia River Gorge area|
“There are, however, other opportunities to get your Gorge falls fix, with a trifecta of waterfalls…” — Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian
Heading west on Interstate 84, from Portland, you can either exit at Troutdale to catch the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway (Highway 30) or connect with it by taking exit 22 at Corbett.(A bonus view along this route is of the Vista House at Crown Point).
The first falls you’ll come to is Latourell Falls, located within Guy W. Talbot State Park. Trails from the parking lot give you a number of different perspectives, including a close-up view from the base of the 224-ft falls that will leave you wiping your camera lens clear of mist.
An easy-to-miss falls is next at Shepperd’s Dell, about 4 miles east of Crown Point. Parking is limited and can be found immediately east of the bridge adjacent to the falls. A short trail, lined on one side with a lovely moss-covered concrete and stone barrier, leads down to a view point about midway on the 220-ft falls.
Last on this short tour is Bridal Veil Falls. It’s probably the most ambitious hike of the three falls: It’s about a 2/3-mile round trip from the parking lot and back. The pathway is a mix of pavement, gravel and stairs (it’s probably not the best spot to take unattended children). At the end of the trail, an elevated platform offers a wonderful view of the 118-ft cascading falls.
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