Fairy Falls, Columbia River Gorge, USA (with Map & Photos)

Right up the road from Multnomah Falls, you'll find Wahkeena Falls. Wahkeena Falls is another popular and easy waterfall hike in the Columbia River Gorge, and the best part is, it's a 2-for-1 if you also hike to Fairy Falls. Unlike Multnomah Falls, where the full length of the waterfall can be seen from the parking lot, Wahkeena Falls is best viewed from different vantage points along the trail.

Fairy Falls Columbia River Gorge
Fairy Falls Columbia River Gorge

If you're short on time, you can hike to the stone arch bridge which is less than 0.5 miles from the parking lot and offers one of the best views of the falls, otherwise I would recommend doing the three mile hike to Fairy Falls and back for the full experience. For an even longer hike, you can tackle one of the most popular waterfall hikes near Portland, the 8-mile Wahkeena-Multnomah Loop.

Fairy Falls Columbia River Gorge
Fairy Falls Columbia River Gorge

If you are looking for a hike that gives you the highlights in terms of the best waterfalls near Portland, this is the best hike to tackle. The waterfalls you'll discover along the trail include Wahkeena Falls, Fairy Falls, Ecola Falls, Weisendanger Falls, Dutchman Falls, and Multnomah Falls.

It's a full day, but it's worth it if your goal is to chase as many waterfalls as possible.

Fairy Falls Columbia River Gorge
Fairy Falls Columbia River Gorge

Practical Information


  • Drive from Portland: 35-45 minutes
  • waterfall hike: 3.4 miles round trip from Wahkeena Trailhead if you want to hike to Fairy Falls and back
  • Best time to visit: March-November

Fairy Falls Map