Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually it's 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. Five flows of Yakima basalt are visible in the falls' cliff face.
How to get to Multnomah Falls
Traveling West on Interstate 84, you may access Multnomah Falls via the Historic Columbia River Highway at Exit 35 or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31.
If you are traveling East on Interstate 84, you may access Multnomah Falls via the Historic Columbia River Highway at Exit 28 or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31
It is recommended that people with disabilities use Exit 28 (traveling East Bound) or Exit 35 (East and West Bound) for direct access to the lodge.
If you are traveling East and would like to see the key waterfall area in the gorge you may take Exit 17 or 18 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Wheel Chair Accessibility Video 2012
Multnomah Falls Visitor Center
Located off Interstate 84 or on the Historic Columbia River Highway (Oregon Highway 30)
Brochures, books and maps of the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Northwest. Northwest Forest Passes available
The Forest Service information center is open seven days a week form 9 AM to 5 PM. The desk is staffed jointly by the Friends of Multnomah Falls and the U.S. Forest Service. The staff is happy to serve you and answer your questions about the falls and the Columbia River Gorge.
A brochure about Multnomah Falls is available in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian.
Visitors may also inquire about free trail maps of the area and for the serious hiker several detailed maps can be purchased.
Hiking Loops Near Multnomah Falls
From the information center, visitors can follow the 1.2 mile trail that climbs approximately 600 feet to the top of Multnomah Falls. This trails provides great views of the falls and the Columbia River Gorge.
Once at the top of the falls, hikers can continue onward for six miles to the top of Larch Mountain or take the six mile Wahkeena Loop trail.
While visiting Multnomah Falls please practice the Leave No Trace Ethic by observing the following guidelines:
Stay on the paved trail at all times.
Make sure that pets are on a leash and In control at all times.
Do not litter or throw coins into the creek.
Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts.
Map: Hiking Loops Near Multnomah Falls