Monday, August 22, 2016

Lower Lewis River Falls

The Lower Lewis River Falls is definitely the loveliest waterfall I've ever seen!  Niagara Falls may be mightier by far, and plenty of waterfalls are taller, but this one beats all for the unquantifiable quality of sheer beauty.  We first learned about it two years ago, and wondered why we'd never heard of it before.  It turns out that it's pretty far from Portland and not really near any other major destination we'd visited. However we decided it made an easy side trip on the way home from visiting Mt. St. Helens. The falls are a short walk from the parking area, and a trail leads to a variety of viewpoints, each lovelier than the last.  There is also a trail there that leads to two more waterfalls which are certainly worthwhile, but just can't rival this one. So we felt like it was an excellent idea to stop by just to see this one, and linger for a while in this peaceful spot. 
View of Mt. St. Helens from the McClellan Viewpoint, which is always a worthwhile stop on the way home!

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