Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

Northbound: White River Falls State Park 

Tucked away near the Tygh Valley, a moderate, gorgeous hike for sightseers

For those looking to explore north of Bend, this magical waterfall hike just east of Tygh Valley along Highway 216 is ideal. It's especially good for those who love to sightsee, but aren't down for a longer trek.

The park is just two hours north of Bend, making it close enough for a day trip. Although the trail is under 1 mile long, making it manageable for non-hikers, the first leg of the dirt path is rocky and a bit steep. People with limited mobility may find this trail a bit challenging. After a rather intense leg day at the gym, I definitely struggled. If you can't make it down to see the lower falls, there's still a lookout point at the trailhead with a great view of the upper falls, and easily accessible from a parking lot. 

click to enlarge White River Falls towers 90 feet above a historic power plant at White River Falls State Park. - KEELY DAMARA
  • Keely Damara
  • White River Falls towers 90 feet above a historic power plant at White River Falls State Park.
If you can make it down into the canyon, you'll spot an old, decrepit building from yesteryear. I learned from Oregon State Parks that it's a historic hydroelectric power plant which supplied electricity to Wasco and Sherman Counties from 1910, until the completion of The Dalles Dam in 1960. The 90-foot waterfall is truly a sight to behold, with plenty of spots on the short trail to stop for stellar photos. If you're looking for more activities once you've seen the park, the town of Maupin is close by and offers a variety of river rafting and fishing adventures.

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of Maupin, waterfalls

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Source Weekly Newsletter

Fresh from the press: Get all our print stories, delivered to your inbox every Thursday.

Latest in Local News

  • Transforming Health Care

    • Jun 12, 2019
    City Club of Central Oregon hosts a panel on the changing options for transgender people More »
  • Off the Beaten Path Adventures

    • Jun 12, 2019
    From north and south, to east and west, let these adventures give you some ideas for excursions that might not already be on your radar, within two hours of Bend. More »
  • Change Coming to Parking Rules

    • Jun 12, 2019
    People who park vehicles on city streets will need to move within three business days of a complaint More »
  • More »

More by Keely Damara

Readers also liked…

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation