Visited more than any other attraction in Oregon (nearly 2 million/yr) we added our crew to the statistics. About a 20 minute drive from Rauchelle and Seth’s place we piled in our two vehicles and set out on a sunny Portland day to get us some scenery!
The upper falls are 542 feet while the lower ones are 69 feet high. Measured ‘together’ they are the second highest year-round waterfalls in the USA, with waterflow the heaviest in spring with mountain snow melt. In the winter the spray often freezes against the cliffs and is sometimes severe enough that a glacier-like formation occurs. That would be cool to see.
For us, the falls are light and the day is perfect. Marin fell asleep on the drive so her daddy stayed back with her in the parking lot while we moseyed up all the way to the top, pace set by our 38-week pregnant daughter determined to make it!
We explored in the museum, checking out the rock formations of the falls, the creatures and plants that populate the area. We discovered that it was a Pacific Giant Salamander that Toveli spotted burrowed under the base of a big white mushroom on the bank. We confirmed that Danaka was right, it was Liquorice Fern amongst the other 4 or 5 different types of ferns. And Laars explored the topography of the area, pushing buttons to light up on the display model.