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July 21, 2004

Columbia River Gorge

Filed under: Random thoughts — Matt Stamplis @ 12:00 pm

Trip Reports:
Rooster Rock, 2005

The Columbia River winds its way between Oregon and Washington, forming the amazing Columbia Gorge. The steep walls of the gorge are home to numerous waterfalls and provide a year-round hiker’s paradise. Multnomah Falls, at 620′ is the 2nd tallest year-round waterfall in the United States and might be the most visited attraction in the Portland area.

The first time I visited the falls, I arrived at 6 in the morning and had the falls to myself. I hiked up to the top of Larch Mountain, without seeing anyone else. On the way down when I reached the top of the falls, I began to see the tourists. I was shocked at how crowded the trail was and how full the parking lot was. I’d highly recommend visiting the falls early in the morning to avoid the sheer mass of visitors that arrive by noon. Or better, visit on a weekday!

Aside from the falls, though, there is so much more in the Columbia Gorge to see and do. For a climber, there’s lots of small pinnacles and formations. Although a lot of the rock is crumbly there’s some good areas to be found: some popular areas are Rooster Rock, Beacon Rock, Broughton Bluff, and Horsethief Butte.

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