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 platforms and trails are not accessible at this time due to a continued closure in place while the Forest Service continues to monitor hazards and implement safety mitigations. All of these mitigations will take time, especially because we are entering the Pacific Northwest wet winter months making many areas unsafe to assess until spring. Review frequently asked questions about the re-opening of the lodge

About the fire & response

First reported on Sept. 2, 2017 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near Cascade Locks, Oregon the Eagle Creek Fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight that first night and ultimately reached 48,831 acres. The lodge was saved from the fire.

In October, a Burned Area Emergency Response team evaluated risks to life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources resulting from the impact of the wildfire. The team provided recommendations for mitigations on National Forest System lands to prevent further damage to values at risk in the area. Specific concerns include falling trees, landslides, rockfall, and debris flow, which can be triggered by heavy rainfall or freeze/thaw cycles. Implementation of these mitigations is currently underway. A closure remains in place for the burned area to protect public and employee safety, which is the top priority implemented by Scenic Area managers. See Eagle Creek Response.

Post fire hazard mitigation work continues at Multnomah Falls:

Multnomah Falls. Wildflowers near Multnomah Falls. Outdoor seating area at Multnomah Falls, separate from restaurant seating. View towards Multnomah Falls from wedding plaza View of Multnomah Falls plaza showing accessible ramp and stairs.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lodge and front plaza open, accessible only via I-84 lot. Lower viewing platform, trails, Benson Bridge, 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
  • Stay on the trail at all times. 
  • 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


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.

The site can also be accessed by off exit #28, Bridal Veil 3 miles before the Multnomah Falls exit. Accessing the site from this exit offers opportunities to hike other falls in the area, such as Wahkeena and Horsetail.

From Cascade Locks, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #35, Ainsworth State Park.  Follow the Historic Highway west 4 miles to the site's parking area.

Parking: There is accessible parking available in both the upper (Old Columbia River Gorge Highway) and lower (off Interstate 84) parking lots. Paths leading to the Visitor Center from both parking lots are paved. There are some slight inclines along the path from the parking lots to the visitor center and around the falls viewing area.

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.


Historic parking lot near lodge.

Historic Highway Multnomah Falls parking area.


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



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