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Upper and Lower Latourell Falls (Spring)

Directions: Take I-84 east to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Get onto the Old Highway heading right for about 2.5 miles until you reach the Latourell Falls parking area.

From the parking area go left up the paved path that takes you to a view point of Lower Latourell Falls. Continue left on the dirt trail that heads somewhat steeply uphill, you will come to a bench and another view of the waterfall. The trail continues uphill as you switchback a few times and reach the top of the waterfall.

      

From here the trail levels out a bit and you cross over a couple foot bridges before reaching Upper Latourell Falls. Spring is a great time to hike this trail, it was lined with trillium, bleeding heart, and salmon berry was flowering. Water levels are also great in spring with snow melt, which makes for some very full and pretty waterfalls.

      

From the upper falls continue on the trail where it is mostly level for the first bit and then switches back downhill a couple times and heads gradually downhill. Soon you will fork left and head uphill steeply to a viewpoint of the Gorge. From here you head downhill on one long switchback that takes you down to the old highway.

      

After crossing the highway you can either head back to your car or take the steps down into the park if you want to see the base of the lower falls. If you choose to continue on, follow the paved path through the park and under the highway bridge. A short distance later you will reach the base of the waterfall, from here you just follow the path uphill where it drops you back at the parking area.

      

Distance: 2.25 miles

Elevation: 520 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Very

Overall: We highly recommend this time of year for this trail- it’s beautiful!

Upper & Lower Latourell Falls (Summer)

To see our first post on this hike click here.

Directions: Directions: Take I-84 East to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Get onto the Old Highway heading right for about 2.5 miles until you reach the Latourell Falls parking area.

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From the parking lot take the paved path that heads uphill to a viewing area of Lower Latourell Falls. From here the trail turns to dirt and heads uphill passing a bench and another nice view of Latourell Falls. The trail continues uphill as you switchback a few times and cross four bridges. Soon you will round a corner and start heading downhill to a bridge that’s below Upper Latourell Falls. There’s a small pool and lots of rocks around the waterfall that give you a nice place to sit, relax, and cool off.

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The trail continues on past the bridge at a fairly even grade until you reach a few switchbacks that take you downhill. There is a junction a short distance later, take a left uphill and you will pass a nice viewpoint of the Gorge. Continue uphill for a short distance and then the trail quickly starts heading downhill in a series of long switchbacks where it drops you off at the Old Highway.

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Carefully cross the highway and take a set of stone steps down into Guy Talbot Park. Follow the paved path through the park and under the highway bridge. You will soon end up at the base of Lower Latourell Falls. To finish this hike follow the path uphill a short distance where it ends at the parking area.

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The main differences this time around would be the weather and amount of people. We didn’t encounter any ice or have any sort of trouble with the trail, which was a big positive. But, it was MUCH busier. This hike is a great option in the summer because Upper Latourell is always a lot less busy than the tourist trap that is the easily accessible Lower Latourell. As long as you are ok with the last quarter mile being jam packed with people. It’s always a good idea to do any hike in the Gorge as early as possible. From about 10:00am on, it’s crazy busy.

Distance: 2.25 miles

Elevation: 520 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: We love this hike. It’s not as crowded as lower Latourell Falls which is nice.

Upper and Lower Latourell Falls (Winter)

Directions: Take I-84 East to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Get onto the Old Highway heading right for about 2.5 miles until you reach the Latourell Falls parking area.

This trail is open year round and can become icy during the winter months. We ran into a few spots that were slick and some spots that we were almost not able to pass. The weather was above freezing but back in the woods it gets colder and is shadier, so places don’t thaw as quickly.

Beginning at the parking area head up the paved path  that takes you to a viewpoint. From here take a left where the trail is now dirt and continue up (sometimes steeply) where you will pass a bench and another good area to view the falls. This is where we ran into our first slick area. There are a few places where runoff goes across the trail and it was icy and pretty slick. We had hiking poles which helped but it was still a interesting 5 feet or so. Keep hiking uphill next to the creek and crossing four footbridges. Soon you will flatten out a bit and round a corner where the trail starts to head downhill to Upper Latourell Falls. This is a two tier waterfall that looks like a combination of Bridal Veil and Ponytail Falls. It’s quite pretty.

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We had quite the time heading down the trail to the bridge below the waterfall. It was VERY icy. Most people were turning back and not even attempting to cross the ice. We saw a few people sit down and slide the corner to the bridge. We ended up doing that and it was a very wet and cold experience. It’s not a good option for kids or older folks. It was very out of control and we could’ve easily slid right off the trail into the creek.

After crossing the bridge at the base of the falls the trail is pretty flat for a while and eventually switchbacks downhill passing a tree that is split up the middle. Soon you’ll come to a split in the trail, go left/uphill for a bit until the trail eventually drops down again. Continue hiking down until you reach the old highway. Cross the highway and take a few stone steps down into Guy Talbot Park. Follow the paved path through the park and under the highway bridge. This trail takes you to the base of Latourell Falls. From here it’s a short paved path back up to the parking area.

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When you’re down in Guy Talbot Park it’s worth a little side trip to check out the old Latourell House. Head down through the park until you reach a small neighborhood. The house is on the corner of Latourell St. and Falls St.

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Distance: 2.25 miles

Elevation: 520 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages (unless there is ice on the trail)

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: No

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Great Gorge hike that lets you get many different views of Latourell Falls.