The Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center, restaurant, gift shop, snack bar and restrooms are open to the public. Timed Use Permit requirements have ended for 2022, check back for dates for 2023.
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 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 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.
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.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||9/6/22: Timed Use Permits no longer required. Check back for 2023 dates.|
|Operational Hours:||http://recreation.govDay-Use Only|
|Reservations:||Timed Use Permit requirements have ended for 2022, check back for dates for 2023.|
|Closest Towns:||Troutdale, OR|
|Operated By:||Forest Service manages recreation area and visitor center. Concessionaire operates the Lodge.|
From Portland, OR travel east on I-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, travel west on I-84 to Exit 31.
Car Free options: The Columbia Gorge Express offers daily bus service between Portland, the Gateway Visitor Center in Gresham, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River. Sasquatch Shuttle offers convenient parking and easy on/off shuttle service at I-84, Exit 28.
Download or Print a Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop Trail Vicinity Map:
Multnomah Falls area photos:
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):
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
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.
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.
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.
Areas for Visitor Centers at Multnomah Falls
5 accessible tables on site
|No. of Sites||5|
Areas for Picnicking at Multnomah Falls