Bridal Veil Falls, Bridal Veil Falls State Park, Portland - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Bridal Veil Falls - .65 miles
Bridal Veil Falls State Park
|Round-Trip Length:||.65 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||214' - 121' (76' is the lowest elevation on bridge over creek)|
|Elevation Change:||-93' net elevation loss (+188' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Bridal Veil Falls - .65 Miles Round-Trip
Bridal Veil Falls drops 118' along Bridal Veil Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. A short, paved path winds down to a bridge below the falls, then rises up the far side to an elevated viewing platform.
This two-tier horsetail-shaped fall is among the most voluminous in the gorge, and one of the only major falls located north of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
According to Waterfallsnorthwest, Bridal Veil looked quite different in the early 20th century when the upper tier was much taller and the lower tier much shorter.
It's thought the original fall squeezed through a narrow chute that has since been blocked by debris, redirecting and reshaping flow into the more balanced 78' and 40' tiers we see today.
The elevated viewing platform offers unique perspective on the falls, and gentle terrain around the plunge pool and creek is easy to explore. Watch for poison oak, and remain on established paths to minimize erosion in this busy area.
A recreation pass is not required to access the Bridal Veil Falls Trail.
Interactive GPS Topo MapKey GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84
- N45 33.214 W122 10.955 — 0.0 miles : Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead
- N45 33.304 W122 10.797 — .33 miles : Bridal Veil Falls viewing platform
- Remain on designated trails to avoid poison oak and minimize erosion in this busy area.
Rules and Regulations
- No pass or fee is required to access the Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Directions to Trailhead
Directions to Bridal Veil Falls State Park:
From Portland (and points west):
Travel east on I-84 to Exit #28 / Bridal Veil Falls. Turn south on the Historic Columbia River Highway ad drive .75 miles to Bridal Veil Falls State Park on the left (north) side of the road.
From Hood River (and points east):
Travel west on I-84 to Exit #35 / Ainsworth. Pass under the highway to the south side. Turn right (west) on the Historic Columbia River Highway and drive 8.3 miles to Bridal Veil Falls State Park.
A recreation pass is not required to access this trail.
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