Multnomah Falls

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Multnomah Falls and pool.

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. In the upper portion of the lodge is a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is also accessible by elevator.

The lower viewing platform is now open as well as the trail up to the historic Benson Bridge, but the remainder of trails are not accessible at this time due to a continued closure in place. The Forest Service continues to monitor hazards and implement safety mitigations. 

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: Lodge restaurant, gift shop, information center, lower viewing platform and trail to Benson Bridge open 9-5 daily. Only accessible via I-84 lot. Trails and upper viewing platform all remain closed until Eagle Creek Fire damage is repaired. Please remain in designated safe area; legal closure is in effect in surrounding areas to protect public safety.
Operational Hours: Visitor Center: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7 days/week.
Fees No Fee
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. 
  • 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
Operated By: Forest Service manages recreation area and visitor center. Concessionaire operates the Lodge.
Information Center: Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center (503) 695-2372

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 & Shuttle options: Take the Columbia Gorge Express Shuttle roundtrip to or from Portland, Rooster Rock State Park (5.00 day use fee), Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, OR. 

*At Rooster Rock State Park there is a required $5.00 day use fee, per vehicle, where a free Columbia Gorge Express shuttle is available to Multnomah Falls.  The state park area can also be busy on weekends so plan your trip accordingly.

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:

Trail vicinity maps

Multnomah Falls area

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:


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


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