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“Breathtaking” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls
Guy W. Talbot State Park., Corbett, OR
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Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour...
Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Corbett
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Yakima WA
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

At the beginning of Spring, velocity of the falls is heightened -- gorgeous photography opp!

Visited April 2012
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Mt Hood Parkdale
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“A "Gorgeous" waterall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

This is my favorite of the gorge waterfalls, as it is free-falling its entire drop. The grotto behind can be accessed for a cool-off during a hot summer day.

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Portland, OR
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“75% the majesty of Multnomah Falls for 25% of the hassle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Latourell Falls is one of several waterfalls in the first few miles of the Columbia River Gorge. It's the first one you encounter if you leave the Vista House and head east on Historic Highway 30.

While not as grand as Multnomah Falls, it will still look suitably impressive in the background when you post yourself on Facebook, and you won't have to fight through nearly as many crowds to do it. It's also less of a hike from the (small) parking lot. Hike is probably overstating it. You've walked further from your car to the mall entrance.

The falls are surprisingly accessible. A paved path leads at least partway up to the source (It may go all the way up, but I turned around.) A well-maintained trail leads down to the "splashy part." The judgmentally challenged could pretty much go INTO the waterfall at the bottom part. The more sensible guests will still get plenty wet from all the mist.

Bottom line: It's nearly all of what you hope the experience to Multnomah Falls includes, with a lot less of the downside.

Visited March 2012
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“Lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Latourell Falls is unique amongst the bigger waterfalls in that it falls straight down. By that I mean the water doesn't touch any rocks or anything from the time it leaves the top to the time it hits the bottom pool about 250 feet below. It looks like a sheer curtain.

There is a parking lot right by the picturesque bridge, and for the folks who cannot walk much, you can get a good view of the falls on level pavement. There is a fairly steep wide paved walkway that goes up the hill to a viewing bench and I'd suggest walking at least this far for the best views. It's quite short, perhaps 100 feet.

My husband walked up the trail for a bit, but was disappointed in the condition of it. Granted, he expected mud (this was February after all!) , but there were limbs, washouts and even a largish tree across the trail. There was a sign stating that the Sierra Club maintains the trail, but obviously they don't do much work here!

I opted to stay below and enjoyed the view from the bench. I found the bridge to be interesting, even thought it's not the "star" here :-)

There used to be a small guesthouse here, but it burned down shortly after it was built over a century ago. I thought it sad there was no information about it.

Latourell Falls is a lovely stop along the old highway and although a bit less spectacular it is also much less crowded than Multnomah Falls.

Visited February 2012
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