Latourell Falls Trail Review
Located within Guy W. Talbot State Park, Latourell Falls and Upper Latourell Falls are two of many waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. If you get on the Historic Columbia River Highway in Corbett, these will be the first falls you come to. Look for the parking area 2.5 miles from Vista House.
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Location: near Corbett, about 40 minutes from Portland
Trail Type: Loop
Elevation: 130-625 ft
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate, due to steep and slippery sections
FUN FACT: The Columbia River Gorge has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America
Being only 40 minutes from downtown Portland, Latourell Falls is a popular hike. Parking is available close to the falls, but does fill up quickly.
Latourell Falls Viewpoint
Latourell Falls can be viewed just a few steps away from the parking area. But, as time allows, definitely explore more. The hike is lovely, not too strenuous, and the upper falls are beautiful.
Hiking Latourell Falls Loop
If you decide to follow the loop trail, head towards the left, going up. Along the trail you’ll catch varying glimpses of the plunge type waterfall.
Plunge waterfalls drop vertically and lose contact with the bedrock
The moss, ferns, and bright yellow lichen create a magical feeling.
I know I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but it’s worth mentioning again – I love columnar basalt. And this hike has it.
Upper Latourell Falls
Less than a mile up the trail, you’ll reach Upper Latourell Falls. It feels especially mysterious since a small portion of it is hidden from view. After crossing the bridge near the base of the falls, you can step behind the falls.
After exploring behind the falls, continue down the trail.
Once you reach the highway, you have the option to follow the bridge back to your car or continue along the trail across the road. If continuing, follow the trail through the picnic area.
The trail will lead you under the bridge to the base of Latourell Falls. Being near the water, looking up at the cliff, surrounded by all the greenery, is breathtaking.
From here follow the trail up to the highway finishing the loop.
Access to this location can also be done without hiking the entire loop. Instead, follow the trail off to the right when standing at the viewpoint near the highway. It’s only a quarter mile to the base of the falls.
The Latourell Falls Loop trail is popular, and definitely worth it.
Optional Items to Bring