|OregonWildflowers Locations Wahclella Falls|
|Area||Columbia Gorge (west - OR)|
(Mount Hood National Forest)
|Best time to visit||April and May|
|Trail Info||2.0 miles round-trip, 360 feet elevation gain|
|Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide|
|Dogs||Allowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.|
|Northwest Forest Pass required!|
Look for Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) and Scouler's Corydalis (Corydalis scouleri) on the first section of the trail, before the old dam. After you cross the footbridge at Munra Falls just beyond the dam, the wildflowers become more diverse, including: Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum), Hooker's Fairy Bells (Disporum hookeri), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga rufidula), and Colt'sfoot (Petasites frigidus).
When you get to the waterfall, look on the boulders next to the footbridge for a profusion of purple Columbia Kittentails (Synthyris missurica ssp. stellata). These flowers love the spray from the waterfall. As you follow the trail to downstream from the footbridge, also look for a patch of Glacier Lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum) on one of the boulders in the creek.
If you are driving west from Hood River, turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp, go under the freeway and proceed to the T-junction. Turn right into the parking area.
The Wahclella Falls trail starts on the south end of the parking area and follows the creek.
|Reports from previous years|
|04/24/2008||Victor von Salza|
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Columbia Kittentail at Wahclella Falls
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