Day 3 started again at sunrise. We ate a quick snack of fruit and jerky on the drive to our first waterfall. View our itinerary here.
First we hiked the trail to Elowah Falls and Upper McCord Falls. When we got to the split in the trail, we took the Elowah Falls trail first. We hiked to the base of the waterfall and explored around the pool. The rock around the gorge at the base of the waterfall are volcanic lava rock called basalt.
After Elowah, we hiked back to the split and headed up the switchbacks to Upper McCord Falls. This hike is at a much higher altitude and offers some nice views. If you don't like heights, this may not be the hike for you. The very steep drop-offs along the trail were protected with only simple railing so be cautious at the top. We spotted some interesting "creatures" on this trail. We saw some gigantic snails and slugs. We later found out we had seen banana slugs. I'm not sure how easily you can get to the bottom of McCord Falls or if you can. We only hiked to the overlook, which is not well marked so look for a nice place where you can see the falls from the top of the trail.
Next hike was Wahclella Falls.
After our early morning hike, we returned to Bridal Veil Lodge for breakfast of smoked salmon scramble. After putting so many miles on our feet, we decided to take the day off to chill out and then drive into Portland to explore a bit, shop, and eat. We stopped at Back to Eden gluten free and vegan bakery for a snack. We tried a few items, but our favorite was the chocolate glazed donut. We stopped by the Green Bean Books bookstore and found some books, and then we headed to the Cultured Caveman restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. We loved this place! This restaurant is 100% gluten free AND 100% paleo. It was such a rare treat for us to find a paleo restaurant! We tried the pork carnitas, purple cabbage and jicama slaw, sweet and sour chicken, all meat chili, bacon wrapped dates, and bone broth. Everything was very filling and FANTASTIC. They also has a selection of packaged snacks and treats in their market. We stocked up and tried a few of these snacks for our hiking days. Before heading back to the lodge, we stopped by a Fred Meyer store to pick up some snacks, ice and any other miscellaneous items we needed.