TrailDudes Hike to Triple Falls
Height: ~125 feet
Trail Distance: 3.4 miles roundtrip
1. Not only is this an amazing triple feature, but there are several smaller unnamed falls noticeable on the trail nearby.
At an Intersection Upward
It started at the intersection. Going down meant a short trot to Horsetail Falls. Upward would take us toward Triple Falls. We began to climb. Immediately following the first turn, we were captivated by the rock wall to our right, which followed us forward through the trail. Quickly, the challenge of the trail became noticeable. Switchbacks were steep, and the terrain was often rocky. However, the difficulty of the hike was easily overshadowed by the beauty of its vistas.
To the right, bright green caught our eyes. A small trickle of water slipped over heavy moss down a rock face. We were in an enchanted wood between a fallen tree and trickling stream. I smiled as I scaled the small stone face, trying to get closer to the allure of it all.
We continued our journey up, and up, and up. The climb got steeper, and we began to hear the river. Below us, white rapids rushed like the stampeding of horses over a valley. Water funneled in between stones, smoothing them with its push. TJ climbed off the path, filming the scene below.
TrailFriends and Vistas
Another corner came, and a new something peeked over a wooden break. Hoisting ourselves over the stumps and logs, we were greeted by a tall face and a streaming fall. We ducked in a pit and walked through the foliage to get closer to the most impressive trickle fall we've seen to date, and stayed to watch it move.
A young couple met us back on the trail. She was from Portland, and he had come all the way from New Jersey. Like us, neither of them knew what was up ahead, or how impressive the views would be. They smiled as we spoke with them on camera before pressing forward up the trail.
Every turn seemed to bring a new awe-inspiring something. Turn after turn we were introduced to new artistry in the nature of the Columbia River Gorge. A dog ran toward us, happy to be along for the trip. Following him came a group of four. They were happy to talk with us and tell us how much they enjoyed the hike.
"I've actually lived here for twelve years now, and it's only my second time up here," John, one of the group, told us. He introduced us to his dog Jayda saying, "you can tell she's in better shape than we are."
We laughed with them for a moment and continued up the trail.
All of The Falls
Being momentarily distracted by a small brook and a fork in the road, we were caught by surprise with the falls. A large drop presented itself and we walked toward it. Across the gap, three waterfalls cascaded to join together in a pool of water below. We were awestruck as we stood and watched the scene.
"There's like a hundred falls!" TJ exclaimed as he looked around.
To the sides of the main attraction, smaller falls made their way to the same pool of water. Walking around to cross the bridge above the falls, white water shot down black rock on the trail itself. I was impressed with its closeness, unaware that just around the bend, we would walk among the Triple Falls as well.
A log spread across the river to rock, dividing two of the three falls. I filmed TJ as he walked the length of it, and followed him. It was amazing to stand above the three powerful cataracts, close enough to see the pool below and the white breaking over the cliff. I took great care in my footing as I climbed toward the ledge, water cascading down on either side of me. I let out a yell and spread my arms.
A euphoria that I thought would only last a moment clung to us as we stood above the elegance. We moved along the river, and watched its magnificence, eventually finding our way back down. Soon, we approached the sign where we'd began our journey. A group of hikers stood, debating on which way to go, and we counseled them. As they moved upward, we smiled. Happy we had pointed someone the way to paradise.
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Three falls merge into a pool below.
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