Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls -
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Columbia River Gorge Washington USA
Columbia River Gorge - Oregon, USA
Crosby Stills Nash Concert Troutdale Washington USA
Crosby Stills Nash Concert 
- Troutdale, Oregon, USA
Wayne Dunlap Multnomah Falls Overlook Columbia River Gorge
Wayne at Multnomah Falls Overlook
- Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

Bridal Veil Falls Columbia River Gorge
Bridal Veil Falls -
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls -
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Ponytail Falls Columbia River Oregon
Ponytail Falls -
Columbia River, Oregon, USA
Horsetail Falls Columbia River Gorge
Horsetail Falls -
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA (9/12-14/2009) - The Columbia River Gorge is sensational!

The Columbia River is the border between the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. About an hour drive east of Portland, the 80-mile-long Columbia River Gorge was formed thousands of years ago through the Cascade Mountains with huge floods from melting glaciers leaving a beautiful mile-wide river valley lined with beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails. Lewis and Clark passed through the gorge in 1805.

On the southern Oregon side, you can easily access many of the wonderful falls with a short walk from the highway. We took longer but great hikes to the top of Multnomah Falls and also to Bridal Veil Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Ponytail Falls (see the beautiful photos). Interstate 84 is a great way to get around the gorge.

Amazingly, we also attended a Crosby, Stills, and Nash concert at McMenamin’s (those guys again) Edgefield property (a restored poor farm) in Troutdale. Wayne saw Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young in concert 30 years ago and it was fun to see them again with a modern update such as: ATM machines, people discussing paying for their hotel with Federal Express points, Graham Nash sipping a class of red wine during the concert, and with a much older crowd (like us, I guess).

Along the route Lewis and Clark pioneered on their trailblazing journey in 1805, the Columbia Gorge cuts through the Cascade mountain range which is made largely of volcanic (basalt) rock, leading to a number of spectacular cliffs. The bountiful presence of water on the west side of the Cascades leads to a number of very tall waterfalls which intersect the river.

Please also see our 5 other blog posts for beautiful Oregon, USA:

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