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Columbia River Gorge – Oregon

Images of Columbia River Gorge – Northern Oregon and Southern Washington, taken in May 2017.

The Columbia River Gorge is an incredibly scenic section along the Columbia River stretching from Troutdale to The Dalles in northern Oregon. To narrow it down a bit, the “most” incredible section is a 25 mile stretch that contains seven waterfalls and gorge and river views, most of which can be seen from just off of Interstate 84 which runs along the Columbia River. In order to get direct access to view all of the sites up close and adequately explore the area you have to get off of the interstate and on to Historic US Highway 30.

Normally I am not a huge waterfalls guy. Once you’ve seen Yosemite Falls, Yellowstone Falls and Niagara Falls the others look small and normal in comparison but this area is special. Perhaps this is partially due to the fact that all of the falls are so close to the road and easily accessible; little effort is required to take in the view…in some cases you don’t even have to get out of your car! But there is more to it than that because these falls on the whole are interesting to look at; from the world famous upper and lower Multnomah Falls with its Benson Bridge to Horsetail Falls which is aptly named because, well, it really looks like a flowing horsetail.

Along with all the falls there is the powerful Columbia River and the steep and dramatic cliffs that frame it but the falls are the stars here!
Sunset view of Crown Point and the gorge from Chanticleer Point along the Columbia River Gorge
Sunset view of Crown Point and the gorge from Chanticleer Point along the Columbia River Gorge
Looking west at the Columbia River from Chanticleer Point along the Columbia River Gorge
Looking west at the Columbia River from Chanticleer Point along the Columbia River Gorge
Crown Point Vista House from Historic US Highway 30 along the Columbia River Gorge
Crown Point Vista House from Historic US Highway 30 along the Columbia River Gorge
Vista House on Crown Point along the Columbia River Gorge
Vista House on Crown Point along the Columbia River Gorge
Crown Point and the gorge from Chanticleer Point before sunset along the Columbia River Gorge
Crown Point and the gorge from Chanticleer Point before sunset along the Columbia River Gorge
View of Latourell Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
View of Latourell Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Close up of the base of Latourell Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Close up of the base of Latourell Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Latourell Falls from the trail along the Columbia River Gorge
Latourell Falls from the trail along the Columbia River Gorge
View of a Historic US Highway 30 bridge over Shepard’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge
View of a Historic US Highway 30 bridge over Shepard’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge
Historic US Highway 30 near Shepard’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge
Historic US Highway 30 near Shepard’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge
Rock formation above Shepard’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge
Rock formation above Shepard’s Dell along the Columbia River Gorge
Tree lined Historic US Highway 30 along the Columbia River Gorge
Tree lined Historic US Highway 30 along the Columbia River Gorge
Shepard’s Dell Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Shepard’s Dell Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Trees reflected in standing water along the Columbia River Gorge
Trees reflected in standing water along the Columbia River Gorge
Wahkeena Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Wahkeena Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Bridal Veil Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Bridal Veil Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Close-up of the base of Upper Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Close-up of the base of Upper Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Upper Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Upper Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Lower Multnomah Falls and Benson Bridge along the Columbia River Gorge
Lower Multnomah Falls and Benson Bridge along the Columbia River Gorge
Flowers along the Columbia River Gorge
Flowers along the Columbia River Gorge
Horsetail Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Horsetail Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Late afternoon at Horsetail Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Late afternoon at Horsetail Falls along the Columbia River Gorge
Horsetail Falls in the late afternoon sunlight along the Columbia River Gorge
Horsetail Falls in the late afternoon sunlight along the Columbia River Gorge
Flower along the Columbia River Gorge
Flower along the Columbia River Gorge
I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge
I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge
Crown Point from I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge
Crown Point from I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge
View of Crown Point from I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge
View of Crown Point from I-84 along the Columbia River Gorge
Washington Highway 14 from the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge
Washington Highway 14 from the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River looking west down the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River looking west down the Columbia River Gorge
Bridge of the Gods at the Cascade Locks over the Columbia River Gorge
Bridge of the Gods at the Cascade Locks over the Columbia River Gorge
Bonneville Dam high power lines across the Columbia River Gorge
Bonneville Dam high power lines across the Columbia River Gorge
Flower along the Columbia River Gorge
Flower along the Columbia River Gorge
Beacon Rock on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge
Beacon Rock on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River looking east near Cape Horn along the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River looking east near Cape Horn along the Columbia River Gorge