Multnomah Falls


Area Status: Open

 

The Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center, restaurant, gift shop, snack bar and restrooms are open to the public. 

Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with more than 2 million visitors stopping by each year to take in the views. Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, but is usually highest during the winter and spring seasons. This is also one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods. 

The Multnomah Falls Lodge, which is run by a concessionaire, is well maintained with restrooms, a Visitor Center, a snack bar, a gift shop and a restaurant that is fully ADA accessible. The visitor information area within the lodge is jointly staffed by Friends of Multnomah Falls volunteers and the U.S. Forest Service. Offerings include a simple trail map and brochures about Multnomah Falls in multiple languages. Books, detailed maps of the Columbia River Gorge & Pacific Northwest, and Northwest Forest Passes are also available for purchase.

On the lower level of Multnomah Falls Lodge is a U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center, snack bar, gift shop and restrooms. The restaurant is located on the upper level and can be accessed by stairs or elevator.

Parking

There are many options for you to park at Multnomah Falls. Please keep in mind that this is an incredibly popular site and most parking areas fill up early and stay full. Please consider car-free options on this page under “General Information” below.

Parking Lots:

  • Small privately operated parking lot off of Historic Highway 30 (fee required)
  • Large free parking area off of Interstate 84, Exit 31
    • When this lot is full, the exit will close automatically. Do not enter if barriers are down.
    • From May 24th 2024 through September 2nd 2024 you must have a timed-use permits to use this lot. More information can be found here: https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10089144

 

Mutnomah Falls Lodge with falls in the background Multnomah Falls path to Waterfall, viewing plaza and Benson Bridge Multnomah Falls accessible viewing area. Outdoor seating area at Multnomah Falls, separate from restaurant seating. Wildflowers near Multnomah Falls.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: A Timed Use Permit will be required daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m from May 24, 2024 through Sept. 2, 2024. Permits will be available online at https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10089144 for a $2 transaction fee starting May 10, 2024.
Operational Hours: Day-Use Only
Reservations: A Timed Use Permit will be required daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m from May 24, 2024 through Sept. 2, 2024Permits will be available online at www.recreation​.gov for a $2 transaction fee starting May 10, 2024. You can pick up a free timed-use permit (supply limited) at the Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center in Troutdale and the Cascade Locks Historical Museum.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Aircraft/UAS/drone takeoffs and landings are prohibited at this site. 
  • Stay on the trail at all times & respect closures.
  • Make sure that pets are on a leash and in control at all times. 
  • Pack out all trash and properly dispose of it, including pet waste.
  • Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts. 
  • Please do not disturb spawning fish in Multnomah Creek.
  • Do not litter or throw coins into the creek.
  • No bikes, skates or skateboards.
  • Do not stop or obstruct the Historic Highway (30) when parking. 
  • Only buses and Recreational Vehicles are authorized in Bus/RV designated parking spaces. 
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Forest Service manages recreation area and visitor center. Concessionaire operates the Lodge.
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

From Portland, OR travel east on I-84 to Exit 31 (off ramp is on the left). Park and walk south, underneath eastbound I-84 and the railroad tracks and carefully cross the Historic Columbia River Highway to get to the Historic Lodge and Visitor Center. 

From Cascade Locks, travel west on I-84 to Exit 31 (off ramp is on the left). 

Timed Use Permits are required daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m from May 24, 2024 - Sept. 2, 2024 for anyone utilizing the I-4 parking lot.  

Car Free options: The Columbia Gorge Express offers daily bus service between the Gateway Transit Center in Portland,  Troutdale, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, Oregon. Summer options include the Waterfall Trolley based in Corbett, Oregon. There are other commercial shuttle and ebike options that can be found with a quick search on the Internet.

Accessibility: There is accessible parking available. A path leading to the Visitor Center from the parking lot is paved. There are some slight inclines along the path from the parking lot to the visitor center and around the falls viewing area.

Limited accessible parking is also available in front of the lodge along the Historic Columbia River Highway. 


General Notes:

Download or Print a Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop Trail Vicinity Map:

Vicinity map showing trail locations and linkages. Select for a larger view.

Multnomah Falls area photos:

Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge brick building with trees in the background. Multnomah Falls viewing area with Benson Bridge in view.


Accessibility:

Watch the video below to gain a sense of what the experience of visiting Multnomah Falls Lodge and Recreation Area is like (View on Youtube): 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

One of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. From the Multnomah Falls visitor center, a steep trail climbs to cross the historic Benson Bridge. Beyond the bridge those seeking a more rigorous experience can continue to the top of the cliff and take a short spur trail to a small viewing area at the very top of the falls. The total distance to the top of the falls and back is 2.4 miles, making this a great day hike. Hikers up for a longer climb can continue on Larch Mountain Trail for six miles to the top of Larch Mountain. Please consider whether you have the proper footwear and the 10 hiking essentials before continuing onwards after the bridge. 

Backpacking

The trail that starts at the base of Multnomah Falls is actually Larch Mountain Trail, which continues to the top of Larch Mountain, creating the potentially for a backpacking trip. Please consider whether you have the proper footwear and the 10 hiking essentials before continuing onwards after the bridge. 

Viewing Scenery

At 620 feet Multnomah Falls is the highest water fall in the Columbia River Gorge. This trail provides great views of the falls and the Columbia River Gorge.

Visitor Centers

Areas for Visitor Centers at Multnomah Falls

Picnicking

5 accessible tables on site

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info None

Areas for Picnicking at Multnomah Falls

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
45.57762

  Longitude : 
-122.117002

  Elevation : 
100