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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah County, Oregon

4.1/5
based on 34 reviews

Details

Distance

2.61 miles

Elevation Gain

1214 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Michael Matti

See the beautiful Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge 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 National Scenic Area in Oregon it is worth making a quick stop at Multnomah Falls. This waterfall is the tallest in the Oregon at 620 feet and the third largest in the Pacific Northwest behind Bridal Veil Falls (1,289 feet) and Green Lake Falls (979 feet) and has an average flow rate of 150 cu ft/s over two drops. The falls are only about 30 miles from Portland and 30 miles from Hood River. 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. If you're looking for something a bit longer, there are other options if you wish to hike near the falls. There is a 2.6 mile roundtrip hike to a viewpoint above the falls as seen in the GPX track below. There is also the beautiful Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop trail (approx. 5 miles) that goes to other waterfalls in the area.

Regardless of if you plan to hike further, this is a definite must see in the Columbia River 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. At the base of the Falls is Multnomah Falls Lodge and visitors center, which offers a coffee bar, gift shop, restaurant, and restrooms.

NOTES:

  • Be sure to check rec.gov to see if reservations are required especially if visiting during the busier summer months
  • Check the U.S. Forest Service website for any closures in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Location coordinates: 45.57758 -122.117
  • Trailhead address: 53000 Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, OR 97019

Driving directions from either Portland or Hood River, take I-84 to exit 31 and park in the Multnomah Falls Parking Lot. If the lot is full, check the Sasquatch Shuttle parking lot at Exit 28 behind the post office.

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Reviews

This is a stunning waterfall, no doubt. It's just to busy for my liking. Go very early to avoid this.

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.

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.

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Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop

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