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Latourell Falls

A gorgeous plunge waterfall, flowing from basalt cliffs


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Waterfalls are among the attractions that make the Columbia River Gorge area so special, and Latourell Falls, located in the Guy W. Talbot State Park, is indeed a gem that shouldn't be missed. With a jaw-dropping 249-ft (76-m) plunge, it is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Oregon. Latourell Falls Loop Trail will reward you with the views of Upper Latourell Falls, the third tallest waterfall in the Columbia Gorge, right at the trailhead. Visitors can enjoy more views from the covered picnic area. After an easy hike with an elevation gain of 625 ft (190 m), you will reach the base of Latourell Falls. Marvel at the columnar basalt cliffs and a powerful plunge, dropping from the top in two tiers. One of the best pictures can be made from the footbridge over the creek. The 2.4-mile (4-km) hike is family-friendly at can be done in any season.

When is the best time to visit Latourell Falls

The best time to see Latourell Falls is from March through May when the waterfalls are thundering due to spring run-off. Also, it's possible to spot wild irises and other beautiful wildflowers in the park. Morning hours during weekdays are usually the least crowded. Generally, Columbia River Gorge Natural Area is beautiful year-round. But it's especially scenic in the autumn, during fall foliage season. In October and November, the park is filled with yellow and orange hues, and Latourell Falls looks stunning.

What to do at Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls is located just off the Historic Columbia River Highway, one of the most scenic roads in North America, offering gorgeous views, numerous hiking trails, and several waterfalls. Multnomah Falls is just 18 miles (29 km) from Latourell Falls if you want to visit two must-see Oregonian waterfalls in one day. Oneonta Falls is located a bit further on the highway. Also, you can check Rooster Rock State Park, famous for its ancient basalt columns and monolith. This area served as a camping site for the historical Lewis and Clark expedition.

Where to stay at Latourell Falls

The nearest camping site is Lewis and Clark Campground. There is also Cascade Locks Campground with 15 individual campsites further on the highway. Reservations are required for both sites. The season lasts from May 15th to September 15th.

Practical info

How do you get to Latourell Falls?

The trailhead is located at Guy W. Talbot State Park, off Historical Columbia River Highway

How long is the hike to Latourell Falls?

2.4-mile (4-km)

How do I reserve a picnic shelter at Latourell Falls?

The picnic shelter is reservable through a website or by calling (800) 452-5687

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