With hundreds of waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic viewpoints, and the Columbia River, you could spend weeks traveling and only get a glimpse of all the gems the Columbia River Gorge has to offer.
Luckily, we’ve created a must visit guide with our favorite locations to start your adventure list. So, If you’re planning a trip to the Pacific West, be sure to give the Gorge and these locations a try!
Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon at 620 feet. You can hike to the top of the falls, but some of the best views can actually be found at the bottom. We recommend visiting this location in the morning on a weekday, a less busy time where you’re more likely to be able to enjoy and capture the view.
Munra Point is one of the best places to hike along the Gorge. The hike to the summit is a six mile round trip with 2,270 feet of elevation gain. However, it’s worth the voyage to the top with some of the best scenic views of the Gorge and surrounding landscape. We suggest bringing a travel case, so it will be easy to carry, protect, and access your mobile lenses during your trek around the point.
The windy drive up the Rowena Crest leads to a view of the entire Gorge. For great photos, shoot this location at sunset or when the light is diffused under an overcast sky. Also, don’t forget to bring your wide angle lens to capture the panoramic views.
Another waterfall at the Columbia River Gorge is the smaller, less visited, Horsetail Falls. As you get closer to the falls, you’ll be greeted with a chilly mist and views of the thin, but powerful, falls. Though this location is perfect for photos, you’ll want to remember to bring a lens cloth to keep your phone and lenses safe and dry.