One of the biggest waterfalls in the Northwest is hidden from view… but if you take this trail you can get a glimpse.
My Oregon City love-fest continues… If you stop for a ride in the Elevator, you need to save time for a stroll on the McLoughlin Promenade for one really good reason: a view of Willamette Falls. It’s one of the largest waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest (by volume) and there’s are only a couple ways to see it.
- At a viewpoint on the side of 99E.
- From a boat in the water.
- McLoughlin Promenade on the bluff above the river.
When you exit the elevator take a right, heading southwest along the paved trail. It winds you through a lovely park that parallels the river. During my lunchtime stroll a couple weeks back there were lots of people walking, running and picnicking. The path is paved and partially shaded so it’s really a pleasant walk.
Along the way you’ll see that the view is nearly ruined by the old run-down mills on both sides of the river. The horseshoe falls could be so spectacular and a real highlight for tourists if we had better access. Luckily there is an effort to renovate that area and the plans for a riverwalk development were just approved by Governor Kate Brown! Check out photos here.
Even from the top of the bluff, the waterfall is spectacular. It’s like a mini Niagra Falls. Hopefully we’ll be able to see the falls from a lower vantage point in the future, but until then we’ll have to settle for the McLoughlin Promenade.