If you’ve never visited Wahkeena Falls, it is worth the stop on your next trip out to the Gorge. While you at the falls, and if you are looking for a hike, consider hiking above the falls to Wahkeena Springs. The trail gains 1,500 feet, in a 3-mile out-and-back hike. Walk through lush foliage and past Fairy Falls on your way to the impressive springs: 

This ain’t your typical spring. 

Usually when we talk of a spring, we’re talking about a little gurgle of water bubbling out of the ground in the dirt. If there’s a bit of slope, we can put a cup underneath the trickle and listen to the rising tone as our cups fills. Wahkeena Spring is on a little different scale. Wahkeena Creek gushes intact from the ground all in one place. Five yards uphill, there’s no stream at all; five yards down, you can see almost the entire flow of Wahkeena Falls, a mile downstream. It’s worth a look-see.

SRC: Find more information here: www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Wahkeena_Springs

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