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Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

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53000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010
(503) 695-2372
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=30026
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Located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is one of the most striking landmarks in the area. It is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon with a total height of 620 ... Read more
feet. The falls splits into two parts, an upper and lower falls, with 9 feet of river between the two. The upper falls make up most of the height at 542 feet and the lower falls measuring a mere 69 feet. Multnomah Falls are fed from springs under Larch Mountain. With a picturesque trail that crosses the lower cascade leading to the falls it is a must see.

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Los Angeles

Amazing waterfalls had a great souvenir shop and a snack bar with food in case you need a bite to eat

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Orlando, Florida, USA

This was a sight to be seen. When we visited, the top of the falls was closed due to the fires last year. Can’t wait to explore this when the trails are reopened.

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WA

One of the largest free falling waterfalls, not as tall as Yosemite but beautiful with the bridge! Careful in the winter- it can get icy !

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Las Vegas

Visiting from Las Vegas and this was an amazing site! Although the trail was closed up to the bridge, the view from down below was still a once in a lifetime thing.

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Local from Portland, Oregon, USA

I was fortunate enough to hike up to the falls just before the fires hit. It was gorgeous and got a lot less crowded once we started up the trail.

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Mountain View, California, USA

A great destination for those looking to get great views with a workout. If you decide that you want to get to the top, make sure you bring lots of water and be prepared for lots of switchbacks. You should be in moderate shape in order to hike it (like go to the gym 3x a week). Otherwise you can snap photos at the base and take in the breathtaking view.

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Mountain View, California, USA

Multnomah falls have amazing views despite the narrow muddy and windy hiking path. It's the worth the climb up to see the waterfall directly perpendicular to the bridge. Despite the rainy weather, I think it's good to go on a normal Oregon day to experience it like a local. Make sure to wear many layers as initial arrival is cold, but as you climb, body heat will increase and make one uncomfortable. The climb to the bridge will feel faster than it is due to the beautiful views, fresh air, and a connectedness to nature.

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Pittsford (town), New York

The ride through the Columbia River Valley is part of the charm of this place. The falls are great and free. Very popular and parking can be a problem. Make sure you go up to the second level to see the difference in the 2 falls.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

It's going to be very hard to find parking here unless you get here early.These falls are truly magnificent. I wasn't expecting the falls to be as tall as they were, or to be as close to the road that they were, either.You can get fairly close to the falls, with a great viewing area at the bottom, and then you can walk up to a bridge right in front of the falls (about a quarter of a mile or so). You can continue walking up to the top of the falls, which is about a mile walk if you so choose.

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Local from Portland, Oregon, USA

Awesome day trip. Fun for the whole family. We go late spring for the best fals

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When visiting Oregon, this is a spot that shouldn't be missed. Not only are the falls beautiful, but you drive down the gorge that was carved out by the Columbia River. The views are amazing. When you arrive at the Falls take advantage of the hiking trails.

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Milwaukie

This place is amazing to go to and view. The waterfalls and hike are kinda steep after the bridge but it is good walk and beautiful site

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Los Angeles, California, USA

The fall itself wasn't a bit of a disappointment and not as grandeur as I thought it would be. However, they have a small hike to the top of the fall which great! If you're into an easy hike for the day. It's suppose to take about 30-45 min to get to the top and it's a slight incline going up.

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Dallas

Beautiful but you are not allowed to walk to it from the previous fall. Waiting for parking was a LONG time. Very touristy at the base.

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Vancouver, Canada

Very pretty and has the option for a longer hike, but very hard to find parking and a lot of people packed in one area.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Amazing! It is very crowded but I am so happy I got to see it! It is perfect for all types. If you are not an avid hiker, that's ok. If you are this will be an amazing site with not a lot of effort.

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Blue River, Oregon

I love Multnomah Falls. It is amazing and a little too touristy for my taste. If you enjoy adventure and climbing, go a little further east on the scenic Highway and find Oneonta Gorge and you will be at my favorite place in the Gorge!! Bring a bathing suit and climbing shoes that can get wet, a ziplock bag for your camera and a sense of adventure. Look it up on Google and enjoy!!!

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Pacific Beach, California, USA

A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.

According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Although you can see the top portion of the falls from the highway, to view both tiers you have to walk to the viewing area located in a carved-out opening in the rock face. Tilting your head up in the narrow rocky confines of the steep cliffs, you get a mind-boggling perspective on the sheer magnitude of the falls.

For an even closer view, walk another several hundred feet up the paved trail to reach Benson Bridge, which spans the falls at the first tier's misty base. Standing on the bridge you have a perfect view of the top tier's full 542-foot height and a knee-wobbling vantage point over the second tier's 69-foot drop! The bridge is named for Simon Benson, a prominent Portland businessman who owned the falls in the early part of the 1900s. Before his death, Benson gave Multnomah Falls to the City of Portland, which later transferred ownership to the USDA Forest Service.

To make the outing complete, visit the Multnomah Falls Lodge which was built in 1925 to serve throngs of tourists who came to view the spectacular sights of the Columbia Gorge. Today, the historic structure (made of every type of rock found in the gorge) houses a gift shop with plenty of postcards, a restaurant with Northwest Cuisine and unbeatable views of the falls, and a US Forest Service Information Center where you can find trail maps. During the summer months vendors offer ice cream, coffee, sodas and other quick snacks from booths and carts in front of the lodge.

Seasons
Unlike many of the West's famous falls, Multnomah Falls does not dry up in the late summer. Rainwater, an underground spring and snow melt feed the falls through all four seasons and ensure a spectacular sight any day of the year.

Tips:
- Pets are allowed at Multnomah Falls, but must be controlled and on a leash at all times.
- Multnomah Falls does NOT require a Northwest Forest Pass.
- Spray and mist cause a cooler micro-climate within the falls viewing area so be sure to bring a sweater in summer or coat in winter for added warmth.

If You Still Have Time
Nestled at the base of the falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge offers visitors a restaurant, gift shop and hiking information all in one historic building.From Benson Bridge, hike another mile up a very steep path to reach the top of the falls. Here you will be rewarded, weather permitting, with spectacular views of the Columbia Gorge. The trail may be closed due to hazardous conditions so make sure to check with the rangers before embarking. (Steep drop-offs and uneven or slick walking surfaces make this trail dangerous for children.)

Follow signs just outside the lodge to hike a half of a mile to nearby Wahkeena Falls. The name Wahkeena means "most beautiful" in the Yakima language. Not as tall, at a little over 240 feet, and not as well-known, Wahkeena Falls still has much to offer in the way of beauty. The steep one-mile trail leading from the base of the falls to the top is loved by locals for its views, wildflowers, and comparative lack of visitors.

Getting to Multnomah Falls: You've got choices

Most Direct, 30 minutes:
From Portland take I-84 eastbound for approximately 30 miles. Follow signs and take exit 31 (an unusual left-side exit ramp) off I-84 to a parking area. Follow the path under the highway to reach the falls viewing area.

Scenic, 45 minutes:
From Portland take I-84 to exit 28 (Bridal Veil exit) and drive three miles east on the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. You will pass other falls on your way.

Ultra - Scenic, 1 hour or more depending on stops:
Take I-84 eastbound to the Troutdale exit. Follow signs for the Scenic Loop drive. Follow the drive along the old Columbia River Highway, the first in our nation to be named a National Historic Landmark. On this route you can encounter breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge, Mount Hood and several other famous waterfalls on your way to the Multnomah Falls parking area.

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Los Altos, California, USA

45 minutes drive from Portland, definitely worth the trip! More water now than previous years. You can take a short hike to the top of water falls, it's worth the view and exercise.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Beautiful place but it does get crowded don't expect to have any solo waterfall shots. You have a couple of options to enjoy the falls. Just go to the front and check out the falls; hike up a little bit and see the falls from the bridge; last take a 1 mile hike up to the top of the falls. It took us about 1.5 roundtrip. Definitely a place to see in portland

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