This is the one that gets all the press. At 600+feet tall, it is a pretty impressive site. But it's right off the road, with all of the amenities (even I got some coffee), so it's crowded and tourist-ridden.
At least for the first quarter mile. I decided to continue on to the upper falls viewpoint, even though busy trails are not usually my jam. It was a pretty steep mile after the lower bridge, and there were a few times I questioned my sanity. But hey, when will I ever be here again!? Plus the crowds definitely thinned out after a bit. I kept wanting to stop people and tell them about the cooler, shorter options farther west, but I was panting too hard to bother.
There were a few sneaky views of the Gorge which helped to distract from the pain, and glimpses of the falls which did make it feel like progress was being made. But it was a little tedious compared to some of the other hikes available in the area. Never. Ending. Switchbacks.
The upper falls were lovely, and there were some spooky rock cairns laid out right at the lip of the main falls (you know I love me some rock stacks, but that shit was crazy!), and I wish I'd had more time to carry on past the beaten path to find Weisendanger and Ecola falls. Again, left my map in the car like a dingus and didn't realize how close they were. Dang it.
Final verdict. Amazing natural wonder, but not the best option in the area if you are able-bodied and willing to walk. Decent americano.