Saturday, August 06, 2011

Munra Falls expedition

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

A few more Columbia Gorge waterfall photos, this time of Munra Falls, a small waterfall on the trail to Wahclella Falls, which is off the same freeway exit as Bonneville Dam. It's far from the largest or most spectacular waterfall in the gorge, but when I say it's on the trail, I mean that almost literally; it rushes down a rockface right next to the trail, and you could probably reach out and touch it if you wanted to. It's like a waterfall petting zoo, really.

The one surprising thing is that it's acquired a semi-official name, one which is at least used commonly around the interwebs:
  • Portland Hikers' Field Guide has some basic info about the falls & states they're about 35 feet tall. Which isn't much by Gorge standards, but I still wouldn't go over it in a barrel.
  • A forum thread at the same site mentions that the stream is called Munra Creek, and this is far from the only waterfall on said creek.
  • More info at Waterfall Record and Waterfalls Northwest. The latter has another photo and directions to the falls, if you need directions for some reason.
  • Someone's Panoramio photo, which looks a lot like the top photo here. There aren't a lot of fresh, innovative camera angles to be had at this particular waterfall, I'm afraid.
  • I sort of assumed the word "Munra" was an anglicized Indian word, but it's actually a surname. Katherine Sterrett Munra ran the railroad's "eating house" nearby, somewhere in the Bonneville area, from the 1880s to the 1920s. As far as I know, the original building no longer exists.
  • Yet another forum thread at Portland Hikers' Field Guide discusses place names on old maps of the Gorge, including various things named "Munra". Nearby Munra Point was once called "Mount Munra" at one time. Everything was just a bit more melodramatic back then.

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

Munra Falls, Columbia Gorge

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