Directions: Take I-84 East to Bridal Veil exit #28. Take a right onto the Historic Columbia River Highway and in less than a half mile the Bridal Veil Falls parking area will be on your right.
From the parking area get on the paved trail that heads past the bathrooms and curves right. The trail quickly turns to dirt and heads down one long switchback. We did this hike a few days after the recent ice storm so the trail was pretty much a sheet of ice. We would not recommend hiking this trail if it’s icy unless you have some sort of shoe traction (YakTrax, Stabilicers, IceTrekkers, etc). Even with these on our shoes we still fell a few times.
After the switchback you will head down a staircase and follow a bridge over Bridal Veil Creek. From here you can go up more stairs to a viewing platform where you get a nice view of the waterfall. You can also go down to creek level and get a side view of the falls and explore around the creek. When it’s not icy you can climb around the large rocks and get up nice and close to the waterfall.
This waterfall is always pretty but it was extra beautiful with all the icicles and snow surrounding it.
Head back out the way you came in.
Distance: .6 miles
Elevation: 100 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages. Unless it’s icy, then make sure you are sure footed and have the right gear with you.
Parking Fee: None
Popular: Yes on nice weekends.
Overall: We love going to the Gorge when we get snow or ice, the waterfalls look even better!