Multnomah Falls

Area Status: Open


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.


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: 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. 
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
  • 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


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.

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.


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


Day Hiking

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. 

Viewing Scenery

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.

Visitor Centers

Areas for Visitor Centers at Multnomah Falls


5 accessible tables on site

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info None

Areas for Picnicking at Multnomah Falls