Multnomah Falls

Multnomah County, Oregon

4.1/5
based on 34 reviews

Details

Distance

2.61 miles

Elevation Gain

1214 ft

Description

Added by Michael Matti

See the beautiful Multnomah Falls with just a few hundred foot walk. If you can, come early or late to avoid the crowds.

Anytime you're visiting the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon it is worth making a quick stop at Multnomah Falls. The parking lot is right by the road and the waterfall is right by the parking lot. Its is only a few hundred feet walk on an even paved surface to reach the main viewpoint. There are other options if you wish to hike near Multnomah. There is a 2.6 mile roundtrip hike to a viewpoint above the falls. There is also a beautiful 4.9 mile loop hike that goes to a few other waterfalls in the area.

Regardless of if you plan to hike further, Multnomah Falls is a definite must see in the Gorge. It can be seen in any season and changes drastically from the vibrant greens of spring to the colors of fall to the snow of winter. Each season provides a new photographic opportunity.

Be sure to go early or come late as this is a very popular stop and can become quite crowded.

There is the lodge and visitors center there which offers a coffee bar, restaurant, and restrooms.

Location coordinates: 45.57758 -122.117

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Reviews

Iconic waterfall in Oregon. Pretty much everyone comes here when they visit Oregon. It took me a while, but I eventually made the trek over.

I've been here many times, and I love it every time I come. The best is when it's not super crowded. There is a trail that goes up over the bridge and beyond—go up there to get a great view of the falls without the crowds. Be careful, though. The misty weather and the soft dirt make it easy to slide of the trail if you're not paying attention!

07/27/20

If you visit Oregon, this is probably one of the first stops on your list, and it's the first on everyone else's list. Beautiful waterfall but does get crowded, so get there early

A staple for PNW. Whenever someone new comes to town I take them here! It’s a perfect introduction to what PNW views are like. It’s in perfect driving distance to the Vista House where you can also get a great view of the gorge. Stop by Eastwind Drive-In for a great burger afterwards

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The view from the lower viewpoint is decent, but the higher you go, the thinner the crowds get. Benson Bridge is a good spot, and there are several spots along the series of 11 switchbacks after BB.

I came here in the early November, and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather is cold and dry. The leaves is turning different colors which adds more effect to your photos. Very short hike. This main road is connect to many hikes, since it’s connect it can get very busy in the later hours. We can around 8 AM and it was empty! Definitely recommend coming early.

The hike is good for your heart but i feel like it was intermediate not beginner. Straight upwards the whole time and the view wasn't that great to me. The river is amazing for first dates to have picnics at and that was beautiful. But multnomah Falls view is better with a selfie stick or at the bottom.

Annoying crowds can ruin an experience at any place, even a waterfall as awesome as this. Go for blue hour/as the sun rises.

It was a pretty easy hike to a nice waterfall but it was packed! Might try to come right after sunrise for a more peaceful experience.

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