Latourell Falls / Shepperd's Dell / Bridal Veil Falls

Three hikes consisting of 4 miles and 80 flights of stairs...

From Portland: Drive east on I-84 to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Turn right on the Historic Highway and drive 2.8 miles to the Latourell Falls Parking lot on the left. 


Latourell, Bridal Veil, and Shepperd's Dell are three of the only hikes available when turning right onto 28 rather than left towards the extremely popular hiking destinations like Multahnoma Fall or Angel's Rest. Because all three of the hikes are rather short (with Shepperd's Dell coming in at a whopping 0.1 miles) they're easy to all knock out in a morning trip!

Latourell Falls

is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop that has a 4.5/5 star rating on website and for some crazy reason it's rated as "easy".  When I say it's crazy to be rated as easy, it's because we did almost 1,000 feet of elevation in 2 miles... Most of the trail is gravel or sand/dirt, so there aren't too many obstacles along the trail but by the time you reach the waterfall, you're definitely ready for a snack break and a dip in the waterfall. I suggest doing this trail first because you drive the farthest to it, and then you can do the relaxing trails as a cool-down afterwards.

Bridal Veil Falls

is a 2 mile out and back trail (if you include the viewpoint loop) with a 4/5 rating on and is rated as easy.This is much more of a walk than a hike, with only about 300 feet of elevation with walkways and bridges along most of the trail. The large rock in the bottom right of this photo could easily be jumped off for a cool-down and the viewpoints of the Columbia River along the way aren't too bad either!