Explore Multnomah Falls

Added by Michael Matti

See the beautiful Multnomah Falls with just a few hundred foot walk. If you can, come early or late to avoid the crowds.

Anytime you're visiting the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon it is worth making a quick stop at Multnomah Falls. The parking lot is right by the road and the waterfall is right by the parking lot. Its is only a few hundred feet walk on an even paved surface to reach the main viewpoint. There are other options if you wish to hike near Multnomah. There is a 2.6 mile roundtrip hike to a viewpoint above the falls. There is also a beautiful 4.9 mile loop hike that goes to a few other waterfalls in the area.

Regardless of if you plan to hike further, Multnomah Falls is a definite must see in the Gorge. It can be seen in any season and changes drastically from the vibrant greens of spring to the colors of fall to the snow of winter. Each season provides a new photographic opportunity.

Be sure to go early or come late as this is a very popular stop and can become quite crowded.

There is the lodge and visitors center there which offers a coffee bar, restaurant, and restrooms.

Location coordinates: 45.57758 -122.117

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about 1 month ago

Iconic

Iconic waterfall in Oregon. Pretty much everyone comes here when they visit Oregon. It took me a while, but I eventually made the trek over.

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about 1 month ago

Beautiful Every Time

I've been here many times, and I love it every time I come. The best is when it's not super crowded. There is a trail that goes up over the bridge and beyond—go up there to get a great view of the falls without the crowds. Be careful, though. The misty weather and the soft dirt make it easy to slide of the trail if you're not paying attention!

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4 months ago

Beautiful crowded fall

If you visit Oregon, this is probably one of the first stops on your list, and it's the first on everyone else's list. Beautiful waterfall but does get crowded, so get there early

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5 months ago

Classic and Iconic

A staple for PNW. Whenever someone new comes to town I take them here! It’s a perfect introduction to what PNW views are like. It’s in perfect driving distance to the Vista House where you can also get a great view of the gorge. Stop by Eastwind Drive-In for a great burger afterwards

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