In my opinion, the closest waterfall to Portland is also one of the most beautiful. Latourell Falls is just 30 minutes from downtown, about 3 miles West of I-84 exit 28 along the historic highway. The lower falls are visible from just past the parking lot, from where you’ll also find a paved path to the base. For the slightly more adventurous, there’s a 2.5 mile (500′ elevation) looping trail to the upper falls. One benefit to the recent spate of heavy rain in the area is that the waterfalls in the gorge have swelled to torrents, making the view even more spectacular than normal. Get your boots on!