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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (easy)
Elevation: 520 feet (moderate)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: None