Directions: Take I-84 east to exit 40 (Bonneville Dam). Take a right at the stop sign and go right at the fork where you will see the parking area.
When we first visited Wahclella Falls it was the middle of winter, frost lined the trail and there were even icy spots along the way. This visit was so much different! It’s spring, the temperature was in the low 70’s and the sun was shining like crazy.
This hike starts on an old access road that takes you past a damn used by the fish hatchery. Right after the dam you’ll round a corner and walk right up to Munra Falls. After crossing the bridge over Munra Falls you’ll you’ll continue following the trail along Tanner Creek.
You’ll gain a bit of elevation and even climb some stairs along the trail. Around the 3/4 mile mark you’ll reach a split in the trail. Go right and follow a few switchbacks downhill until you reach a bridge that you cross and takes you to an old slide area. The slide area ends at Wahclella Falls. This hike is a lollipop trail so continue the loop at the falls and it will take you back to the split in the trail where you will follow the trail back the way you came in.
This is a popular year-round hike but we would definitely say it is much busier in the spring. The waterfall seems to stay very full all year which is great. Spring time is great for this trail with all the nice bright greens and sunshine!
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation: 300 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Bathrooms: Yes but they are Porta-potties.
Parking Fee: Yes a $5 NW Forest Pass
Popular: Yes, especailly on nice days!
Overall: Great spring weekend hike. Lots to see on this trail!