Hiking the Columbia Gorge

Bridal Veil Falls, Columbian Gorge, Oregon

The Historic Columbia River Highway is a 75-mile road that runs alongside the Columbia River in northern Oregon. Originating in Troutdale and terminating in The Dalles, the road is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the west. Many of the waterfalls are easily accessible from the road, although a few require a short hike.

One of the waterfalls we visited was Bridal Veil Falls, which is accessed by a .6 mile downhill hike. After reaching and photographing the falls, I started to head back toward the parking lot. Right below the falls, there is a nice wooden bridge that you cross on the trail. As I was coming to the bridge, I noticed a very rough path that looked to follow the runoff from the falls. Being somewhat curious, I decided to go through the brush in the hopes of getting a shot of the wooden bridge. I tried quite a number of spots but I couldn't  get a clear shot. I finally happened upon this spot where I could walk on the rocks and be able to stand on a decent sized stone.