After our relaxing drive up the coast, and then navigating our way through Portland (not too hard since we stayed on the major interstates and had our map), we had a choice to make on Monday morning. We had kind of wanted to go both south down the Columbia River Gorge to see the Bridal Veil Falls and the Multnomah Falls, but we also wanted to go north to see Mt. St. Helens. We decided in the end to choose only one option, since we didn’t want to cut our time short at either one and we chose south.
It was a good choice! The Gorge is a very pretty place to drive, and for part of the way, we drove on the historic highway, the one that was used before the interstate was built. It was winding and tree covered and nice. We stopped at three different falls. The first was the Bridal Veil Falls, so named because it is in two tiers and kind of looks like a veil. The sign said it was a 2/3 mile hike to the falls, but it definitely was not that long. The second falls were the Multnomah Falls, which are apparently a huge tourist attraction. You can hike all the way up to the very top (about a mile – this sign was actually right) on a paved trail, but it was quite narrow and the trail was very crowded. We went about halfway up, and then decided to come back down because it didn’t feel too safe with all those people jostling around on that trail. The third one we kind of came across by accident, looking for a way to get back on the interstate. These were the Horsetail Falls, and there was a nice little wading area at the bottom. Not nearly as many people, and so we waded around for a bit before heading back to Portland.