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Fairy Falls
   Multnomah County, Oregon

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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.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • 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.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

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.

Latitude

45.57015 N

Longitude

-122.1243 W

Elevation

990 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Multnomah Falls 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Little Necktie Falls

0.387 miles

Wahkeena Falls

0.447 miles

Mist Falls

0.753 miles

Shady Creek Falls

0.763 miles

Dalton Falls

0.941 miles

Multnomah Falls

0.952 miles

Dutchman Falls

1.324 miles

Ecola Falls

1.355 miles

Wiesendanger Falls

1.364 miles

Foxglove Falls

2.019 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

15.71

IWC

Unrated

RATING

36.32 %

 

Photo of Fairy Falls

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

20 feet

Tallest Drop

20 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

10 feet

Pitch

81 degrees

Run

5 feet

Primary Form

Veiling Horsetail

 

Watershed

Columbia River (Snake River to Portland)

Stream

Unnamed

AVG. Volume

15.0 cfs

Source

Springs

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

May 21, 2011

Added Picture(s) of the Waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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