Bridge at Wahkeena Falls Waterfall

A side view of one section of Wahkeena Falls waterfall from the stone bridge over Wahkeena Creek. (Philip A. Knouf)

A side view of one section of Wahkeena Falls waterfall from the stone bridge over Wahkeena Creek. (Philip A. Knouf)

 

Wahkeena Falls is a 210 foot waterfall that is unlike many of the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area .  The falls does not drop into a plunge pool like nearby Multnomah Falls but instead cascades down a narrow chasm to its base.  It then flows 100 feet down an alluvial fan and thence to the Columbia River.  This image was taken from the approach to the scenic stone bridge crossing Wahkeena Creek at the base of the upper falls.  The trail over the stone bridge climbs in elevation to the area of the springs forming Wakeena Creek.  The trail passes by lovely Fairy Falls which is a favorite of many photographers for its scenic beauty.  I loved the juxtaposition of the rough, weathered structure of the stone bridge with the graceful softness of the flowing falls.

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