Saturday, August 2, 2014

Two Northwest waterfalls on "spectacular" list

Two waterfalls in the Northwest are on a CNN list of 10 spectacular waterfalls in the United States.

One is Triple Falls in Oregon along the Columbia Gorge. It is near Multnomah Falls a few miles west of Portland on Interstate 84. The falls are formed when Oneonta Creek splits into three channels. The water falls only 64 feet. CNN says Triple Falls is one of the most beautiful falls in the Gorge area. It's best viewed from an overlook that involves a five-mile roundtrip hike described as moderately steep.

Also on the list is Shoshone Falls at Twin Falls, Idaho. This waterfall is referred to as the  Niagara Falls of the West, though it is 36 feet higher than Niagara. The falls empty into the Snake River. Spring and early summer are considered the best times to see the falls in full force. When the water level is low, the falls turn into "a trickling stream," says CNN.

Bridal Veil Falls in Valdez, Alaska, and Vernal Fall at Yosemite National Park in California also made the list.