Multnomah Falls might be the most frequently visited spot along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, but there are other places along the Gorge that are worthy of seeing, too. One of them is Latourell Falls, which is just six miles west of Multnomah Falls.
There’s an easy 2.1- to 2.4-mile loop (sources vary on how long it is) you can take to hike to see the falls, Upper Latourell Falls, and Guy Talbot Park, but that’s not something my friend and I did the day we went. We just parked and went on a quick downward walk before getting to the falls lookout.
One of the things about Latourell Falls that stood out to me is that it was much less crowded than Multnomah Falls. There’s no bridge like there is at Multnomah, but it reminded me so much of Upper Multnomah Falls. As with being outdoors in general, it was nice to simply be outside and observe the 249-foot falls.
My friend and I did go on to walk more of the trail to see what was there, and made it to Guy Talbot Park. We were following a group of adults that seemed to know where they were going, until they didn’t. Lol. All five of us ended up walking back to the parking lot the way we got down instead of making the loop, but it was nice to see more of the area by venturing farther down the trail.
The park has several tables and benches, and would make a nice spot to picnic. Just something to keep in mind if you decide to come here and decide to go beyond the falls at the viewpoint 🙂
You can find the falls by typing in “Latourell Falls” into your GPS, or by just driving along the Gorge and keeping an eye out for a sign that will tell you when you’re at Latourell Falls.