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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Bridal Veil Overlook, Oregon"
Includes ... Bridal Veil State Scenic Viewpoint ... Bridal Veil Falls ... Cliff House ... Camas Root ... Cape Horn ... Pillars of Hercules ... Sand Island ...
Image, 2004, Cape Horn, Washington, from Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Cape Horn, Washington, as seen from the Bridal Veil Overlook, Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken October 11, 2004.


Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint ...
The Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint is a day-use park located above Bridal Veil Falls, and can be reached from the Historic Columbia River Highway. The park is part of the Oregon State Parks system and has picnic tables, restrooms, and trails to fantastic views. One trail leads down to Bridal Veil Falls while another loops to fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge.

History ...
"Land was acquired by purchase from various owners between 1970 and 1984. It adjoins the site of the old Bridal Veil Timber Company operation. Beginning in 1886, the company employed a flume system to bring in rough cut lumber to its sawmill and the railroad at this location."

Acreage: 15.55


Source:    Oregon State Parks and Recreation website, 2015.


Image, 2006, Trail, Bridal Veil Falls Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Trail, Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Viewpoint. Image taken October 21, 2006.


Bridal Veil Overlook, etc.

  • Bridal Veil Overlook Trail ...
  • Camas at Bridal Veil Overlook ...
  • Cliff House ...
  • Trail to the Falls ...
  • Views from Bridal Veil Overlook ...


Bridal Veil Overlook Trail ...
The 1/2 mile long Bridal Veil Overlook trail on the bluff above Bridal Veil Falls loops along the basalts and is a great place to overlook the Columbia River and see such features as Cape Horn and Cape Horn Landing, Crown Point, Phoca Rock, the remnants of the Pillars of Hercules, and Sand Island. Sand Island is located at the upstream tip of Rooster Rock State Park. A nice view of Biddle Butte (also known as Mount Zion) can also be seen from the Bridal Veil Overlook.


Camas at Bridal Veil Overlook ...
The upper trail at the Bridal Veil Overlook traverses the cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, leading to great views of the Columbia. Native wild plants such as camas, lupine, bead lilly, trillium and bleeding heart line both sides of the pathway along the cliff. "Qua-mosh", "quamash", and "pashaquaw" were various ways the Lewis and Clark journals listed the Camas, scientifically known as "Camassia quamash", a term from the Nez Perce qe'mes". The Camas plant, a member of the lily family, was unknown to science before the Lewis and Clark journey.
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Image, 2005, Camas at Bridal Veil Overlook, click to enlarge
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Camas at Bridal Veil Overlook, Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken May 10, 2006.
Image, 2005, Camas at Bridal Veil Overlook, click to enlarge
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Camas at Bridal Veil Overlook, Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken May 10, 2006.


Cliff House ...
"... In 1948, the Ellesson family purchased the historic Cliff House and associated property. The Ellessons built a restaurant and motel where Bridal Veil State Park is now situated. The State of Oregon purchased the site for park purposes in 1969."


Source:    Clarence E. Mershon, 2006, The Columbia River Highway, From the Sea to the Wheat Fields of Eastern Oregon.


Trail to the Falls ...
The mile-long round-trip hike to Bridal Veil Falls is a gorgeous spot for Spring wildflowers.

Image, 2009, Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Trillium, Bridal Veil Falls Trail, Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken April 26, 2009.
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Bleeding Heart, Bridal Veil Falls Trail, Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken April 26, 2009.


Views from the Overlook ...

Image, 2004, Cape Horn, Washington, from Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Cape Horn, Washington. Cape Horn as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken October 11, 2004.
Image, 2005, Cape Horn, tunnel, train, landing, click to enlarge
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Train leaving Cape Horn Tunnel and approaching Cape Horn Landing. View from Bridal Veil Overlook. Image taken October 22, 2005.
Image, 2004, Crown Point from Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Crown Point as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken October 11, 2004.
Image, 2005, Pillars of Hercules as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pillars of Hercules as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon. The 120-foot-high basalt Pillars of Hercules was one a training site for mountain climbing. Image taken March 6, 2005.
Image, 2004, Phoca Rock from Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Phoca Rock as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken October 10, 2004.
Image, 2004, Sand Island as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Sand Island as seen from Bridal Veil, Oregon. Image taken October 11, 2004.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 2, 1805 ...
Examined the rapid below us [from their camp at Fort Rains, looking at the Cascade Rapids] more pertcelarly the danger appearing too great to Hazzard our Canoes loaded, dispatched all the men who could not Swim with loads to the end of the portage below, I also walked to the end of the portage with the carriers where I delayed untill everry articles was brought over and canoes arrived Safe. here we brackfast and took a Meridn. altitude 59 45' 45" about the time we were Setting out 7 Squars came over loaded with Dried fish, and bear grass neetly bundled up, Soon after 4 Indian men came down over the rapid in a large canoe.     passed a rapid at 2 miles & 1 at 4 miles opposite the lower point of a high Island on the Lard Side [Bradford Island], and a little below 4 Houses on the Stard. Bank, a Small Creek on the Lard Side [Tanner Creek] opposit Straw berry Island [Hamilton Island], which heads below the last rapid, opposit the lower point of this Island [Hamilton Island] passed three Islands covered with tall timber [today there are two, Ives and Pierce] opposit the Beatin rock [Beacon Rock]    Those Islands are nearest the Starboard Side, imediately below on the Stard. Side passed a village of nine houses [indentified on Atlas map#79 as the "Wah-clallah Tribe of Shahala Nation", location near today's Skamania and Skamania Landing], which is Situated between 2 Small Creeks [Woodard Creek and Duncan Creek], and are of the Same construction of those above; here the river widens to near a mile, and the bottoms are more extensive and thickly timbered, as also the high mountains on each Side, with Pine, Spruce pine, Cotton wood, a Species of ash, and alder.     at 17 miles passed a rock near the middle of the river [Phoca Rock], about 100 feet high and 80 feet Diamuter,     proceed on down a Smoth gentle Stream of about 2 miles wide, in which the tide has its effect as high as the Beaten rock [Beacon Rock] or the Last rapids at Strawberry Island [Hamilton Island],- Saw great numbers of waterfowl of Different kinds, Such as Swan, Geese, white & grey brants, ducks of various kinds, Guls, & Pleaver [today just below Beacon Rock is Franz National Wildlife Refuge]. ...     we encamped under a high projecting rock on the Lard. Side [Rooster Rock, with Crown Point rising above it],     here the mountains leave the river on each Side [leaving the Columbia River Gorge, Steigerwald Land NWR is on the north and the Sandy River delta is on the south], which from the great Shute to this place is high and rugid [Columbia River Gorge]; thickly Covered with timber principalley of the Pine Species. The bottoms below appear extensive and thickly Covered with wood.     river here about 2 miles wide.     Seven Indians in a Canoe on their way down to trade with the nativs below, encamp with us, those we left at the portage passed us this evening and proceeded on down The ebb tide rose here about 9 Inches, the flood tide must rise here much higher- we made 29 miles to day from the Great Shute [Cascade Locks]-





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:   see Bridal Veil for sources.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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