Trickling, Misting, Spraying, Cascading... Have we got Waterfalls!
A CASCADE tumbles along a series of rock steps. You’ll find a fine model by following the trailhead to upper Multnomah falls, near the junction with Wahkeena Trail, #420.
A PLUNGE drops vertically and away from the Cliffside, losing contact with bedrock. Multnomah Falls is a classic example and so is Latourell falls & Upper Latourell Falls and Metlako Falls in the Eagle Creek area.
A BLOCK pours over a wide section of a stream. Dutchman Falls along Multnomah Creek and the main Wahkeena Falls are a block shape.
A TIER falls, then falls, then falls again. It has several “tiers” – separate falls that can all be viewed all at once. Wahkeena is tiered as well as Bridal Veil (tiered horsetail), Multnomah & Shepperd's Dell
A HORSETAIL looks just like a horsetail. Dropping vertically, it maintains contact with bedrock. Oneanta and Horsetail Falls are good examples, as well as Bridal Veil (tiered horsetail).
PUNCHBOWLS pour out of a narrow opening in the stream and into a pool. Pony Falls above Horsetail falls and Punchbowl Falls on Eagle Creek Trail features a viewpoint and bench, the perfect rest stop.
A FAN descends from a stream above and is similar to a horsetail but it gets broader or “fans out’ at the bottom. Fairy Falls above Wahkeena Falls is a good example.
SEGMENTS separate into several parts. Triple Falls above Horsetail Falls is an example.