Salmon River Gorge
March 1983 Expedition
Stein Falls, Canyon View
These photos are ©Tom Kloster 1983,
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This photo is the best glimpse
of upper Stein Falls that the expedition was able to find. It
is taken from the brink of the cliffs that ring the lower falls.
It is unclear whether it is possible to safely reach the upper
falls, given the sheer cliffs that rise on either side of the
gorge here. From this view, a large, clear splash pool can also
be seen at the base of the upper falls. This view also reveals
a narrow rock channel and 20 foot upper tier to the lower falls
that is not visible from below.
From here, the expedition returned
to the Salmon River trail and back to civilization. On the return
trip, the group marvelled at the presence of such a wild, unspoiled
place just 40 miles from downtown Portland, and that the falls
had been officially named only 20 years prior to our trip. We
also made plans for our second expedition, to Final and Frustration
falls, which we completed in April 1983.