Multnomah Falls - Waterfall

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Scenic View of Multnomah Falls

Plummeting 620 feet, in two different sections, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall. Multnomah Creek is fed by underground springs originating on Larch Mountain. The flow over the falls varies; usually its highest during winter and spring. Multnomah Falls offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods. Six flows of Grande Ronde Basalt are visible in the fall's cliff face, representing more than 400,000 years of geological history. From the information center, visitors can follow the 1.2 mile trail that climbs approximately 600 feet to the top of Multnomah Falls. This trail provides great views of the falls and the Columbia River Gorge.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Stay on the paved trail at all times. Make sure that pets are on a leash and under control at all times. Pick up your pet waste and pack it out. Do not litter or throw coins into the creek. Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts. No bikes, skates or skateboards. Do not obstruct Hwy 30 when parking.  Only Buses and Recreational Vehicles allowed in Bus/RV designated parking spaces. 
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #31, Multnomah Falls. Park and walk south, underneath the interstate and railroad tracks to the Lodge and Visitor Center. 

The site can also be accessed by off exit #28, Bridal Veil 3 miles before the Multnomah Falls exit. Accessing the site from this exit offers opportunities to hike other falls in the area, such as Wahkeena and Horsetail. 

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #35, Ainsworth State Park.  Follow the Historic Highway west 4 miles to the site's parking area.

Parking: There is accessible parking available in both the upper (Old Columbia River Gorge Highway) and lower (off Interstate 84) parking lots. Paths leading to the Visitor Center from both parking lots are paved. There are some slight inclines along the path from the parking lots to the visitor center and around the falls viewing area.

If you are traveling east and would like to enjoy the Gorge's premier waterfall area, take exit #17 or #18 and travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway.


Activities


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Nature Viewing

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