Day two of our family hikes to learn, have fun and get some exercise took us to the Columbia Gorge about 40 miles outside Portland near Bonneville Dam. Now, this was our choice for out date today as it was our 17th wedding anniversary.
Now this wasn’t too difficult of a climb even with a 6 year old and we even saw kids younger than that making this trek. It is a mile to the falls and back and I do have to say well worth the hike, especially if you like to take pictures. If the kids weren’t starting to get hungry, we could have easily stayed another hour or two and taken hundreds of more pictures.
Now, when you get close to the falls there are two paths, one up and one down, it really doesn’t matter which one you take, they are both about the same distance from the falls and are equal in hike-ability. Once you get to the falls, you can take pictures of the falls or you can stay a little below the falls and let the kids play in the water, which I can tell you was a blast for them.
But, there was something that they we didn’t know about or we would have bought a couple small flashlights. Just off the path by the pools, there is a tunnel that goes back about 50-75 feet. Not easy for adults, but very easy for kids to fit into. But, we did see adults making the trek back. (Thank you to the kind gentleman who lent my kids his flashlight so they could go back)
So, if you are looking for a wonderful little 2 hour to 4 hour hike. (If you are taking lots of pictures) then I suggest you check out Wahclella Falls as it is amazingly beautiful and a great family outing.
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