Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is the cornerstone of the views offered in Bridal Veil State Park. This trail is short, family friendly and relaxing, yet it descends into a gulley where you will view 120-foot Bridal Veil Falls. Bring your camera. Benches along the route provide plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.

©Jenni Denekas

Set off on the well-marked trail by the restrooms. The path is briefly paved, though it will turn to dirt as you descend the hill (in about 0.1 miles). After this winding descent into a ravine, you will cross Bridal Veil Creek and ascend a brief hill. On this climb you will enjoy increasingly stunning views of Bridal Veil Falls, which reach a crescendo at a wooden viewing platform, 0.3 miles from the trailhead. Allow plenty of time to enjoy views of this lovely, two-tiered cascade before retracing your steps to your starting point.

©Jenni Denekas

NOTE: If you would like a fun addition to your outing, Coopey Falls might be just the ticket. This lovely cascade can be accessed through the property of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. Their property is just east of Bridal Veil on the right-hand side of the road (their address is 48100). The sisters are happy to have visitors (and the waterfall is technically on state lands). They just ask that you ring the doorbell before you walk through their gardens to the falls. It’s also possible you’ll learn some cool Gorge history if you stop to chat!

Maps: USGS: Bridal Veil, OR; Green Trails #428S: Columbia Gorge West, OR and #428: Bridal Veil

Directions: I-84 East from Portland: 1. Travel east on I-84. 2. Take Exit 28 for Bridal Veil. 3. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto the Historic Highway (headed west). You will cross two small bridges en route. 4. Turn right into the well-marked Bridal Veil parking area, 0.8 miles from the off-ramp. Overnight parking is not available.

 

Elevation Gain: 75 feet
Distance one way: 0.3 miles
Best Season: 4 Seasons
Features: Waterfall, Stream, Forest
Trail Head Amenities: Restrooms, Bike Racks
Passes / Permits: None
Usage: Hikers, Dogs
Agency: Oregon State Parks and Recreation

©Jenni Denekas
Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply