Multnomah Falls

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Multnomah Falls and pool.

The Multnomah Lodge restaurant, gift shop, snack bar and restrooms are open to the public. As of September 20, 2021, Larch Mtn. Trail beyond Benson Bridge is closed for trail repairs for approximately 4-5 weeks.  

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.

 

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: Reservations not needed until late spring, 2022.
Operational Hours: Day-Use Only
Reservations: As of 9/20/21 reservations are no longer needed to visit Multnomah Falls.  Work to repair a section of Larch Mountain Trail #441 near Multnomah Falls will begin September 20 and is anticipated to take 4-5 weeks. During this time, the section of trail beyond Benson Bridge will be closed to public access. There will also be intermittent closures of the entire trail, including Benson Bridge, while contractors mobilize equipment and supplies.
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. 
  • Pack out all trash and properly dispose of it, including pet waste.
  • Extinguish and properly dispose of cigarette butts. 
  • Please do not disturb spawning fish in Multnomah Creek.
  • Do not litter or throw coins into the creek.
  • No bikes, skates or skateboards.
  • Do not stop or obstruct the Historic Highway (30) when parking. 
  • Only buses and Recreational Vehicles are authorized 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:

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: 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). 


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


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Picnicking

5 accessible tables on site

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info None

Areas for Picnicking at Multnomah Falls



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