Bridal Veil Falls, A TrailDudes Hiking Guide
Height: ~120 feet
Trail Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
1. Bridal Veil is the only waterfall below the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.
A Hike for the Dogs
It was little more than a park it seemed as we stopped in the lot, gearing up for the trail ahead. With our new sidekick in tow--Loui the dog--we stepped onto the paved walkway that wound around for the first few hundred yards of the trail. Spring was apparent in the blossoming trees on either side and the air was fresh and new.
Pavement became gravel and the trail dipped downward. Families passed on either side, smiling as they enjoyed the time with what we dubbed, "International Take Your Dog on a Hike Day." The trail continued in mild switchbacks as we neared the fall. A bright pink flower caught our eye to the side, then another. A creek flowed under a small bridge, and Loui left paw prints on the cement stairs on the other side of the crossing.
The Falls Come Quick
After what could best be described as a leisurely hike, we could see the falls. A quick ten or fifteen minute walk brought us face to face with its white water cascading over the rock. Loui pulled us across the bridge and up toward a viewing platform where we were able to talk with a few people about the hike.
"It's a great hike if you're just getting back into cardio like me," one mother said as she stood with her family. Another girl held her dog and spoke with us about how it was a great hike for small pets. We looked across to the falls.
Another path caught our eye to the side, a trail to the base of the falls. We made our way down to the pool of water below created by the powerful cascade. A large boulder to the side provided an even closer view as I extended out to its furthest reaches and watched the water meet the river. We stayed for some time enjoying the scene. Families surrounded us as they admired the greenest of greens against a background of black, blue, and stark white motion. Spring brings the colors of life, and Bridal Veil Falls was in full bloom.
What's your hiking companion of choice?
We always like to hear about your trips to the hikes we've done. For this one in particular, we are somewhat curious if anyone's taken engagement pics at Bridal Veil Falls. We want to know. If you're a single dude or TrailChick, and just did the hike and want to talk about it, we'd like to hear from you too. Leave a comment below!
A beautiful fall just a few hundred meters off the old highway.
More Pics of Bridal Veil Falls
See our full Bridal Veil Falls photo album.