Multnomah Falls Lodge

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Mutnomah Falls Lodge with falls in the background

Multnomah Falls Lodge, the lower viewing platform & the trail to Benson Bridge are open to visitors providing a great opportunity to visit this historic site after the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Built in 1925 the Lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places and it embodies every type of rock found in the Columbia River Gorge in the structure. Bring binoculars to get a better view of these iconic falls as you enjoy the sound of rushing water during its winter flow. Look for wildlife along Multnomah Creek, find books and other gifts in the lodge and enjoy the iconic place firefighters worked so hard to protect.

Inside the lower level of the 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 trail to Benson Bridge is open but the remaining trails are not accessible at this time due to a continued closure in place while the Forest Service continues to implement safety mitigations. Learn more at: Eagle Creek Fire & response.

Making Multnomah Falls Safe after Eagle Creek Fire:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open 9-5 daily except during inclement weather.
Operational Hours: Daily from 9am - 5pm. 
Fees No Fee
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions:
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center (503) 695-2372

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.

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.

Car Free Options & Parking Alert

Car Free & Shuttle options: Take the Columbia Gorge Express Shuttle roundtrip to or from Portland, Rooster Rock State Park (5.00 day use fee), Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Hood River, OR. 

*At Rooster Rock State Park there is a required $5.00 day use fee, per vehicle, where a free Columbia Gorge Express shuttle is available to Multnomah Falls.  The state park area can also be busy on weekends so plan your trip accordingly.

Parking at Multnomah Falls fills quickly during the summer season, weekends are extremely busy between 11am and 4pm. Please pay attention to the reader board on I-84 as the parking gates close when full. No parking or waiting at the closed gate as this becomes a safety hazard to traffic along I-84.

Accessibility: There is accessible parking available. 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.


Accessibility:

For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Picnicking

Several outdoor tables on site
No. of SitesMany
Reservation InfoNone
No. of Accessible sitesMany
Difficulty Level: Easy


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