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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah County, Oregon

4.1/5
based on 33 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.

Multnomah Falls is worth a quick stop anytime you're visiting the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon. 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.

PERMITS:

Be sure to check rec.gov to see if reservations are required especially if visiting during the busier summer months

    TIPS:

    • 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 isMultnomah Falls Lodge and visitors center, which offers a coffee bar, gift shop, restaurant, and restrooms.
    • Check the U.S. Forest Service website for any closures in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

    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.

    • Trailhead address: 53000 Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, OR 97019
    • Location coordinates: 45.57758 -122.117
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    Features

    Photography
    Hiking
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    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Food Nearby
    Forest
    Groups
    River
    Romantic
    Scenic
    Waterfall
    ADA Accessible

    Reviews

    This is a great hike, but do not even both going on a weekend or sunny day. This hike is always extremely crowded and you are better off checking out another close by waterfall!

    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.

    Early in the morning there's almost no-one here, and even fewer people when it's icy and cold out.

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