Multnomah Falls Viewing Areas Will Close Due to Health and Safety Concerns

Contact(s): Rachel Pawlitz

On Monday, March 23 at 6 AM, the Multnomah Falls plaza, viewing areas and trail to the upper platform will be off limits to visitors indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. 

As the U.S. Forest Service works through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to supporting our communities as we all work to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID‑19.  

“It has become clear that some platforms and viewing areas at Multnomah Falls attract groups, making it nearly impossible for people to practice proper social distancing,” said Lynn Burditt, forest supervisor for the National Scenic Area, “All federal agencies have been asked to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID‑19, so after observing the behavior of people at the site we determined we had to take action to help protect the community.”

The decision is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote social distancing.

Though many other trails in the Columbia River Gorge remain open, scenic area leadership will conduct in-depth assessment of risks at other “close proximity” recreation sites and will implement new health and safety measures if the situation warrants.

It may be hard to practice proper social distancing on popular trails, as they attract people from miles around. If an area is too crowded to maintain six feet of distance from other hikers, please have a backup plan and consider a walk in your local neighborhood.