Hole in the Wall Falls


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker Hole in the Wall Falls is perhaps the most unique waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. Here, Warren Creek plunges forcefully out of a strikingly symmetrical hole bored into a soaring basaltic formation. Instead of cascading over the top the cliff, Warren Creek funnels straight through it. Despite its compelling appearance,

Double downfall: Stafford Falls


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker Stafford Falls roars amidst a lush forest of old growth Douglas Firs and towering basalt cliffs in the heart of Tillamook National Forest. This waterfall has two tiers: a taller upper tier that plunges forcefully into a sandy pool and a lower tier that produces two nearly identical waterfalls that tumble

Columbia River Gorge heals after devastating wildfire


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker The Columbia River Gorge is an incomparable waterfall destination, containing upwards of 80 waterfalls on the Oregon side alone! Well-groomed trails winding through lush forest led to many of these shaggy waterfalls. However, on Sept. 2, 2017, these trails and forest were imperiled by the Eagle Creek Fire, ignited by hikers

Cavernous rock formations generate unique waterfalls


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker Upper and Lower Butte Creek Falls are unique because they are close to Portland and yet feel so far away. These falls lie on the Scott’s Mills formation, a thick sequence of volcanic sediments and lava flows that produced the cliffs for many of Oregon’s most famous falls, including those in

Why I Love Waterfalls and the Origin of Shag


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker My passion for waterfalls dates back to when I was only four years old. I recall driving into Yosemite National Park on a rainy spring day and instantly being amazed by the countless roaring waterfalls that seemed to appear around every corner! One that stood out to me in particular  was

Volcanic Waterfalls


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker High up in the McKenzie River watershed lies some of the most impressive waterfalls in Oregon. As a primary tributary to the Willamette River, the McKenzie drains a vast, mountainous and sparsely populated area. An abundance of past volcanic activity, particularly near the river’s headwaters, is responsible for a multitude of

A Columbia Gorge hidden gem


By Shawn “Shaggy” Bolker The Columbia River Gorge is Oregon’s premier waterfall area. Of the Columbia River Gorge’s 75+ waterfalls, almost all are on the Oregon side. This is due to large scale geologic forces creating steeper, more vertical bedrock here that force streams that flow over this rock to form more waterfalls. Land on

Family Falls offer a glimpse at Oregon’s past


By Shawn Bolker Imagine standing in Multnomah Creek canyon in the Columbia River gorge some 500 years ago. There are no trails, no litter, no signs of people whatsoever — only mossy rainforest, towering basalt cliffs and waterfall after waterfall roaring in misty isolation. Although you are clearly not the first one here, as people

Discovering Oregon’s own Tamanawas Falls


Tucked away on the eastern flank of Mt. Hood lies Tamanawas Falls, a towering, misty veil of whitewater. The falls are formed by Tamanawas Creek hurtling almost 100 feet over a slab of overhanging basalt into the rugged canyon below. A deep cave behind the falls allows people to look out from behind the plunge

In the Cascade foothills, find a veritable waterfall wonderland


Nestled in a densely forested region of the Cascade foothills, lies a waterfall wonderland! Here, in Silver Falls State Park, the North and South Forks of Silver Creek plummet over ten  deafening falls that can all be reached in one loop hike. This “Trail of Ten Falls”  passes a seemingly never ending series of striking

Latourell Falls Loop: The more you look, the more you see


As the first major fall on the Historic Columbia River Highway, Latourell Falls provides a stunning welcome for first-time visitors. Here, Latourell Creek pours off a sky high slab of layered basalt in a towering and elegant plunge. The sheer size of the basalt cliff that surrounds the falls rises to cathedral-like proportions and embraces