Multnomah Falls - Waterfall

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Scenic View of Multnomah Falls

Plummeting 620 feet, in two different sections, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall. Multnomah Creek is fed by underground springs originating on Larch Mountain. The flow over the falls varies; usually its highest during winter and spring. Multnomah Falls offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods. Six flows of Grande Ronde Basalt are visible in the fall's cliff face, representing more than 400,000 years of geological history. From the information center, visitors can follow the 1.2 mile trail that climbs approximately 600 feet to the top of Multnomah Falls. This trail provides great views of the falls and the Columbia River Gorge.

This is a very heavily visited area. See Multnomah Falls Recreation Area.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open (day use)
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
  • Stay on the paved trail at all times.
  • Make sure that pets are on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Pick up your pet waste and pack it out.
  • Do not litter or throw coins into the creek.
  • Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts.
  • No bikes, skates or skateboards.
  • Do not obstruct Highway 30 when parking. 
  • Only Buses and Recreational Vehicles allowed in Bus/RV designated parking spaces. 
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


Multnomah Falls Recreation Area


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One of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. The total distance is 2.4 miles to the top and back making this a great day hike.

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