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Description - Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is an elegant and graceful falls that can be fully appreciated from the deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the mighty Columbia River. No visit to the Columbia Gorge should be considered complete without a tour of the area of Bridal Veil and a visit to Bridal Veil Falls State Park.

Attractions - The park offers a nice parking area, picnic tables and restrooms all within easy walking distance from the parking area. Nice grassy areas afford visitors a chance to stretch a blanket in one of the laziest parts of the Columbia River Gorge. No day-use fee is charged; admission is free.

The park is situated in large timber stands; the area was a natural choice as a logging haven once upon a time. The park features two different trails: an upper walking/interpretive trail and a lower hiking trail to the falls. Both are not to be missed.

The upper trail takes visitors around the precipice of the cliffs of the Gorge. Sign boards along the trail point out distinctive native wild plants that grow abundantly in this area such as camas, lupine, bead lily, trillium and bleeding heart. The trail is fenced beautifully with logged beams and wire to protect visitors along the viewpoint while maximizing every vantage point of the magnificent view of the Gorge. The famous geologic edifice known as the Pillars of Hercules, a 120-foot basalt tower once used as a training site for mountain climbing, can be seen best from the upper trail at Bridal Veil.

The lower trail at Bridal Veil takes the visitor downhill to the base of Bridal Veil Falls and is about a mile round trip to the falls and back. Although short, this is a steep little trail full of switchbacks and is not wheelchair accessible. Along the way are a few unwanted wild plants of this area -- such as poison ivy -- so keep on the path. Do not attempt to walk along the bridge over the Historic Highway to view the falls. The road here is a narrow two-lane passage with absolutely no sidewalk. PLEASE view the falls from the trail.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park. For information, call 1-800-551-6949.

Recreation - Bridal Veil Falls offers opportunities for viewing scenery, picnicking and walking.

Climate - Climate in this region changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.

Location - Bridal Veil Falls State Park is located near milepost 28 on the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway, 15 miles east of Troutdale, and is accessed off I-84 at Exit 28. Travel west on the Historic Columbia River Highway about 3/4 of a mile to the entrance of Bridal Veil Falls State Park.


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Filed By: W.Kelley (Fairview , OR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: The good news is the view of the gorge from the upper trail is one not to be missed. Its also very accessible for people with disabilities. The really, really bad news is that the lower trail to Bridal Veil Falls is CLOSED even now (October 2004) and there is still no set date for when it will reopen and the forest service has yet to offer any hints at a timeline for the trail to be passable again. So if you're in it for nothing more than a stop to stare at the Columbia Gorge for a while, then you're in luck...but don't stop otherwise. The best bet for viewing a waterfall up close is to skip a stop at Bridal Veil entirely for now and go on to Sheppards Dell, Latourell, or Wahkeena...all of which are running exceptionally well on the day after a good rain downpour. Even this late in the year, I was still impressed with these three.


More Information

Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 800-551-6949

Additional Information:
Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Area - Mount Hood serves as one of the most popular recreation areas in the Pacific Northwest. Mount Hood is the tallest of Oregon's Cascade peaks and rises to 11,239 feet above the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.

Links:
Oregon State Parks - Official agency Website
Oregon State Parks - Official Agency Website

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