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Trail Ambassador Intro Hike – Wahclella Falls

September 16, 2023 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join your fellow Ambassadors and TKO staff on an excursion to get to know the trails you serve! Open to anyone interested.

Hike Leaders: Loren P.

Hike Distance: 2.4 miles total

Elevation Gain: ~320 ft

Hike Intensity: Low-Moderate

Trail Overview:

Wahclella Falls is one of the most popular day-use trails in the Columbia River Gorge. A lollipop loop, this trail takes you 1.2 miles through the canyon into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness to Wahclella Falls.

Hiking information:

We will be hiking the Wahclella Falls Trail from the trailhead to Wahclella Falls and back. This is a 2.4 mile route with about 320 feet in elevation gain. This hike is generally considered to be low to moderate intensity. Dogs are welcome but must be on leash. Click here for more information on the trail, including a map.

What to expect:

We will be meeting at the trailhead in the morning to do introductions, chat Trail Ambassadors, and set up the table station before heading out on the hike. This site is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and requires a valid recreation pass (NW Forest Pass or equivalent). If you do not have a pass we will provide one for you. We ask that you follow all posted signage, including for parking. Please do not park on the side of the street outside the lot – Tooth Rock Trailhead has a large, free parking lot at the top of the hill which is a short walk from the Wahclella Falls Trailhead.

You should expect to participate in this hike for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.

What to bring:

  • Plenty of water
  • Lunch + snacks
  • Any medications or emergency supplies you may need
  • Sunscreen + insect repellent
  • A pack to bring all of this with you on trail
  • Need gear? TKO has clothes, boots, camping gear, and more available for loan. Reach out to volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org to let us know how we can help!

What to wear:

  • Comfortable shoes for hiking up to 7 miles
  • Rain gear, insulating layers, sun protection, etc. as appropriate for the weather


Click here for Google Maps directions to the trailhead.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes and communities. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government. We are privileged to be here today and we express gratitude to these tribes and their descendants for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.

ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS: TKO seeks to make our events inclusive of people of all backgrounds and abilities. If you would like to discuss potential accommodations to allow for your participation in this event, please click here to complete a short Google survey. TKO staff will then contact you to discuss options. Please note: available accommodations will vary by event and typically need to be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, please contact TKO Stewardship Manager Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle at lindsay.mcintosh@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe or welcome in the outdoors due to issues like racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical and emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you may: interrupt directly, tell a crew leader, and/or inform TKO staff via the post-event survey.

While TKO no longer requires masking/vaccination for its events, we do support those who feel masking is necessary for their own safety. We ask participants to respect the health of folks who wear masks by distancing or wearing a mask while in close proximity.


September 16, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Wahclella Falls Trailhead
Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
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