Latourell Falls, Portland, OR – Part 1

This beautiful, popular area has more than one hike to view all of its’ glory. This is why I am doing this hike in 2 parts. The first part is a moderately long, uphill, amazing, breathtaking hike. My babies had fun playing in the water and investigating the flora and fauna.

Location: Latourell Falls is located along the I-84 heading east out of Portland. Take exit 28 and follow that for about a quarter mile. Turn right onto Historic Columbia River Hwy. Travel along here for approximately 3 miles. The parking lot will be on the left side of the road.

Difficulty: This hike is a 3/5. It is steep in some areas, rocky in others and has a narrow path at various points. Well worth the trip though.

Kid Friendly: My 7, 5, and 3 year olds did fairly well on this trail. Their adrenaline and energy kicked into high gear at first which got them up the hill. They were tired on the way down. I carried the 3 year old most of the way down.

Stroller / ADA Accessible: Nope. Just nope!! 🙂   Stairs, logs, rocks, and narrow, steep paths make it almost impossible!

Description: This hike was beautiful! When arriving at the Falls, take a look at the map and information board to decide what hike you’d like to do. There are 2 or 3 different hikes in this area. We originally wanted to do the short hike but ended up on the wrong trail head and ended up doing the 2.5 mile hike here.

This trail head starts to the left of the information board and follows a paved path up to a breathtaking view point. To the left of the view point, the trail continues and goes from paved and smooth, to dirt and logs. You travel back and forth up the mountain to the top of the falls to the Upper Falls a little over a mile up. There are fun places to stop and enjoy the view into Washington, play in the water, sit and listen to the falls and investigate the natural beauties. We found some awesome mushrooms, inedible but amazing! There is a small trail off the path near a sign that says “Loop Trail”. At this point, the trail forks down to the edge of the cliff at the top of the falls. PLEASE use caution. It is a small area with no barriers or fences. Keep your young kiddies away from this and stay on the main trail.

The end of this trail ends at the road. Please be careful and cross the road to the gravel edge on the road. You can continue onto the Loop trail on the other side of the road or walk east back to the parking lot along the road.

After this long hike for little legs, we had a picnic at the picnic tables. There are also restrooms and a water fountain.

If you want to check out another hike in the area, here is our trip up Multnomah Falls.


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