Elowah Falls was the last waterfall we decided to see before leaving the Columbia River Gorge to head to a different part of the state. I can’t believe we were lucky enough to explore it last, because it ended up being my favorite waterfall.
The hike was longer than a lot of other waterfall hikes along the gorge, but still short when it comes to hikes, and pretty easy. As we rounded our last switchback we could finally see an opening and hear the falls. A few steps later, we saw the falls from behind the thinning trees and instantly knew that we’d be there longer than we had planned for. It was like a dream land, magical and serene, like something in Lord of the Rings. The waterfall and lush greenery themselves seemed like the perfect allegoric story: beauty overcoming adversity.
At 213 feet, Elowah Falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Since the base of the falls were quite easy to get near, Elowah Falls seemed even taller. I feel like I am always saying this, but photos don’t do it justice. In some photos, it seems like these falls aren’t that tall at all. But look in the above photo. Can you see Mark to the left of the falls? Hopefully that puts it into perspective.
I could explore here for hours, and the inner child in me was going crazy imagining scenarios in which to play pretend. We were able to play quite a bit, and Mark even got under the falls, as they weren’t very strong this time of year (August).
Almost all of my senses were completely satisfied being here, and some were even overwhelmed (but in a good way). Elowah Falls isn’t frequently visited, so if you do go, at some point you will probably have the falls all to yourself (we did but for about 5 minutes). No buzzing of tourists here, just the serene silence punctuated by the splashing of water on rock.
It was beyond beautiful. I didn’t want to leave.
Again, do you see Mark in the above photo to the left of the falls? He’s so small compared to the tower that is Elowah Falls!
[All photos were taken in August 2014.]