Multnomah Falls

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Multnomah Falls and pool.

Multnomah Falls is open to a limited number of visitors on 1st come, 1st serve basis from 9:00 am through 6:00 pm daily.  Please click here to learn how you can visit the falls and here for a map.

Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with more than 2 million 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 winter and spring. 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 bathrooms, a visitor center, snack bar, and a restaurant that is fully ADA accessible. The visitor information area within the lodge is jointly staffed by Friends of Multnomah Falls and the U.S. Forest Service. Offerings include a free simple trail map and free 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.

Inside the lower level of Multnomah Falls Lodge is a USDA Forest Service Information Center, a snack bar, and a gift shop. Access is limited, so please click here to learn how you can visit the falls.

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: Limited access from 9:00 am through 6:00 pm. Crossing arms close the eastbound entrance to the lot when the 186 spaces are filled, and travelers must observe these closures.  If the gates are closed, no parking will be available, and visitors will have to return to the Falls at another time. Westbound access will be closed to prevent back-ups on the freeway. The Interstate 84 parking lot will remain open if no safety concerns stem from traffic congestion issues.    
Operational Hours: Limited access from 9:00 am through 6:00 pm. Crossing arms close the eastbound entrance to the lot when the 186 spaces are filled, and travelers must observe these closures.  If the gates are closed, no parking will be available, and visitors will have to return to the Falls at another time. Westbound access will be closed to prevent back-ups on the freeway. The Interstate 84 parking lot will remain open if no safety concerns stem from traffic congestion issues.    Please click here to learn how you can visit the falls.
Reservations: Access is to Multnomah Falls and Lodge in a phased approach. 
  • Phase 1 will allow limited access to provide safe and adequate social distancing. This may lead to longer lines in a “queueing area” while waiting to enter the site.  The site is available from 9:00 am through 6:00 pm.
  • Phase 2 will introduce a ticketing system which allows access by reservation only through rec.gov.  Limited number of tickets will be available on hourly basis and must be obtained at least a day in advance of a planned visit. The permit system will be implemented within the next few weeks.
Fees No Fee
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Parking not available along the Historic Highway by Multnomah Falls.
  • 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. 
  • Pick up your pet waste and pack it out.
  • Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts. 
  • Please do not disturn spawning fish in Multnomah Creek.
  • Do not litter or throw coins into the creek.
  • Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts.
  • No bikes, skates or skateboards.
  • Do not obstruct the Historic Highway (30) when parking. 
  • Only buses and Recreational Vehicles are allowed in Bus/RV designated parking spaces. 
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush toilets
Passes: Reserv
Operated By: Forest Service manages recreation area and visitor center. Concessionaire operates the Lodge.
Information Center: Temporarily closed

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.

From Cascade Locks, OR travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #31

Car Free Options & Parking Alert

Car Free options: The Columbia Gorge Express offers daily bus service between Portland, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, OR. In summer months (May-September), there is a free Columbia Gorge Express shuttle from Rooster Rock State Park ($5 day use fee per vehicle). 

Parking at Multnomah Falls fills quickly during the summer season, weekends are extremely busy between 11am and 4pm. Please pay attention to the reader board on I-84 as the parking gates close when full. No parking or waiting at the closed gate as this becomes a safety hazard to traffic along I-84.


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


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