by Kenneth Poirier
The Columbia River Gorge is the crown jewel of the state of Oregon. It has supported human habitation for over 13,000 years and continues to be one of the greatest examples of the majesty of mother nature.
The Gorge is a popular destination for hiking, biking, sight-seeing, fishing, and watersports. The area is known for its high concentration of waterfalls, with over 90 on the Oregon side of the Gorge alone. Many are along the Historic Columbia River Highway, including the notable 620-foot (190 m)-high Multnomah Falls.