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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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I'd seen hundreds of photos from this spot and never got the chance to visit until this past summer. The falls are honestly incredible and worth every minute of getting pushed around by the throngs of people that flock here. Can't hate on 'em, they're here to do the same thing as all of us, but it does get ridiculously busy. I envy anyone who lives close because I'm sure you can catch it on off days where the crowds are lighter. Nonetheless, it's totally worth the drive if you're in Portland or the surrounding area and the views of the Columbia River on 84 are awesome.
Must See. Waterfall is 5 stars; Crowds are 1 stars
As other reviewers elude to, the falls are absolutely spectacular. The dual falls along with the bridge suspended over the middle is a sight to be seen. That said, the location of it being directly off the highway makes it accessible to virtually anyone. To see the falls you only need to walk a couple steps from your car. The accessibility is great, but this leads to an ever crowded environment. If you can, go at dawn or early in the morning for the smallest crowds.
Amazing but crowded
This place is always packed, be ready to wait in line for a parking spot and a photo. Or else avoid the area when With all the fall rain the waterfall is really spewing water. The 4-5 mile loop between Multnomah and Wahclella Falls with Fairy Falls in between.
If it weren't for a good friend's advice to check out this waterfall, I would have had the great misfortune of knowing I was so close but missed out on its greatness. That being said, I believe I should have take the time to explore the area further. I miss the Pacific Northwest.
Beautiful, but Touristy
Multnomah Falls is a classic destination for Oregonian Adventures, but with paved trails and handrails and crowds of people taking selfies, it's a bit too touristy to be a favorite hike for me. The views of the Falls are incredible, though, and I look forward to going back and exploring other less busy trails in the Columbia River Gorge.
Beautiful, But Too Many People
This waterfall is definitely worth seeing, but don't expect to be alone. I went at 9 am on a Thursday and it was still packed. I wouldn't waste your time with the hike to the top. You will get the best view from the visitors center.
Touristy as all get out! The falls are breathtaking, no doubt about it, but parking is awful and there were so many people it was impossible to get a shot without someone photobombing you. The Outbound photos made this place look super serene, but the photographer chose to go either early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds. We went on Friday, around noon and there were TONS of people.
Very Touristy, But Still Amazing
I can't stand having so many people around on a hike and the fact that it is basically a paved path also kills the vibe. Very much a tourist location Unfortunately That being said though the sheer height of this waterfall and it's raw power are still something to behold and really you don't need to hike to the top since they box you into a circular fenced off platform so people don't kill themselves. (didn't stop us though) worth a quick stop in my opinion, but would not recommend the hike up
Wow! Just Wow!
This beauty is a must see. If you're looking for an easy hike that leads to a wonderful view of Multnomah, this is it! Even though it can be a little busy at times, if you go early enough you'll be able to be there with less people around. I went around 10:30AM on a Thursday and it was just starting to get busy.
Very pretty waterfall! Tons of people so early is recommended. Parking can be a nightmare and make sure to park safely and appropriately. The rangers give out a lot of tickets for hazardous parking. You should definitely do the hike to the top of the falls. Most of the crowds stay down below so on busy days it won't be as crowded on top.
Very Scenic but Always Crowded
I have been in the summer as well as in the winter and it is absolutely gorgeous. Very easy to get to & the restaurant there has amazingly delicious desserts however it is always crowded. A mile down the road is Oneonta Gorge which is harder to access but beyond gorgeous!!
There's a parking area just a short walk to the lookout for the falls. This spot can get pretty crowded, I went on a weekday in the winter and there were plenty of parking spots available, but still a decent number of people at the falls. If you're going during the summer and/or on a weekend, be sure to head there early. Also, make plans to explore another waterfall or two as this one if right off the highway.
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