This last weekend was the first weekend in a long time with warm temps and sunshine and I couldn't resist going out to do some shooting. Like one of my DA friends, I chose to hike the trail from Wahkeena Falls to Multnomah Falls for one reason and one reason only. A large part of this trail follows Wahkeena creek, one of the most beautiful streams in the Columbia River Gorge, to it's birth at Wahkeena Springs. The stream flows down very steeply, building strength until it becomes the quite famous Wahkeena Falls. Due to it's steepness, and many tributaries, this stream has a multitude of smaller, yet magnificent falls, that although nameless, are still as worth seeing as any other larger falls. I believe it may be second only to Multnomah Creek that flows alongside the trail to Larch Mountain. This stream is full of enough incredible smaller falls to make you want to simply stay all day and just gaze at them.
I have many many shots of these falls that I found beautiful and will gradually upload them over time for your enjoyment and inspiration (I hope). I will include names where I know them.
Sadly though, I think I did the loop from the wrong starting point. Though the day was beautifully sunny, during the course of the entire day, the only sun I saw was in the treetops. As I was climbing the ridge from Wahkeena, the sun was on the other side and by the time I reached the peak and started down the other side, the sun had moved to the side I started on so I was still in the shade.
I never actually got to enjoy any of it. Next time, I'll start at Multnomah, go to Wahkeena and end back at Multnomah again.
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