The Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, OR is chock full of beautiful waterfalls. I visited quite a few of them during our gathering in Portland. Here's the rundown:
Horsetail Falls is right along the highway.
Bridal Veil Falls is practically underneath the highway, and can be viewed from the road, but I walked down to the bottom.
Latourell Falls, 249' high, was my favorite.
The green algae and the basalt columns behind the falls were really unique. It also was the only one to drop straight down from the cliff.
But this is the grandaddy of them all - Multnomah Falls. At 620' high, it's the tallest waterfall in Oregon.
The concrete bridge across the falls was built in 1914, after the previous log-pole bridge collapsed.
Hmmmm.... I wonder what the weight limit is....
Looking down from the bridge.
Louis and Clark came through the Columbia Gorge in 1805 to reach the Pacific Ocean. They called the falls "stupendous." Who painted this? - I doubt they had such decorated canoes!
In the mid-1800s, many of the pioneers who came west on the Oregon Trail loaded their possessions onto rafts and went past the falls. It was a treacherous journey, an alternative to going around Mount Hood on the south side.