After a big breakfast we started our day in the Gorge with a walk through Sandy River Delta Park just 2 miles from the hotel. Located at the West end of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Sandy River Delta is a mixed meadow and forest natural area bordered by the Columbia and Sandy Rivers. The area has had a history of mixed usage over the years, including cattle grazing and hunting. It appears now to be an enormous off-leash dog park and do they ever have fun. The trails cross meadows and disappear into woodlands, it is well used and delightful to stroll through.
I wanted to see the Maya Lin installation, part of a series of installations along the route of Lewis and Clark. The bird blind doesn’t look like much from a distance but as you enter you see a list of dates and the names of birds and animals encountered by Lewis and Clark etched into the wooden slats of the outdoor room in the shape of an ellipse. The Bird Blind is the third Confluence art/landscape installation along the Columbia River system. It was completed in 2008.
The park was a nice warm up to our waterfall hikes. We drove the old Columbia Gorge highway, a beautiful road, quiet this time of year as the tourist have not yet arrived, we had it pretty much all to ourselves.
Waterfall #1 Latourell Falls.
There are two trails for viewing Latourell Falls, one offers a view from the top and the other leads to the base of the falls.
It’s wildflower season and flowers were abundant along the trail.
Waterfall #2 Shepperd’s Dell
After a short drive along the old highway a very short trail winds from the parking lot down to the falls.
Waterfall # 3 Bridal Veil falls
To reach this falls you walk down a very steep trail that seems even steeper as you climb back up to the parking lot. I think it’s worth the effort and there are benches along the way where you can sit and catch your breath.
Waterfall #4 Multnomah Falls
Nice to be here before the main tourist season as it can be very crowded and difficult to find parking let alone take a photo without being jostled. It was already late afternoon and we were hungry so had a bite to eat at the restaurant before exploring the falls. The food was decent and the view 5-star!
Waterfall #5 Wahkeenah Falls
This falls is right near Multnomah Falls and connects via road or a trail through the woods.
Perfect weather, not too hot, not too cold, no rain, we couldn’t have ordered a better day. We logged about 7 miles and were not hungry after such a late lunch so instead of dinner at the hotel we just cleaned up and went down to the winery for a little live music and later an appetizer plate in the bar. Perfect day!