Fairy Falls and the upper reaches of Wahkeena Creek is one of the most frequently photographed locations in Oregon. Between the top of Wahkeena Falls and this entry, Wahkeena Creek cascades through a deep gorge, laced with mosses and ferns stretching 200 feet upwards. Fairy Falls occurs along a small spring fed branch of Wahkeena Creek as it veils over a 20 foot wall in a supremely attractive fashion. At the confluence of said tributary and the main stem of Wahkeena Creek, the creek cascades through a verdant mossy rock slide, which many may argue is even more scenic than the falls themselves. Do not, under any circumstance, forget your camera on this hike.
- Fairy Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
- Known Alternate Names: Ghost Falls
Fairy Falls was originally known as Ghost Falls, per a photograph captioned such found in the digital archives of the University of Oregon. The photographer is unknown.
Fairy Falls are accessed from the Wahkeena Creek trail, starting at Wahkeena Falls. The falls are found 1.2 miles and 500 vertical feet up from the bottom. Those thinking of visiting the falls along Multnomah Creek as well can make a 5 mile loop hike by continuing to Wahkeena Spring and heading left towards the Larch Mountain Trail, then down to Multnomah Falls.