Multnomah Falls - Franklin Ridge Loop

Western Gorge, Oregon

Multnomah Falls - Franklin Ridge Loop
Trail above Multnomah Falls (photographer: Warren Morgan)

Trail Features

  • WildflowersWildflowers
  • WaterfallWaterfall
  • Beautiful ViewsBeautiful Views

Trail Description Driving Directions

alert Trail Alert, Jul 12, 2018: Trail is open to Benson Bridge. Beyond that it is closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Currently there is no timeline for reopening that section of trail. 

Start at the Multnomah Falls Trailhead. Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls and continue up Multnomah Creek. Turn left at the Franklin Ridge junction, and follow the trail through a variety of forest covers and seasonal wildflowers to the junction to Oneonta Gorge. After descending into Oneonta Gorge, follow Oneonta Creek past Triple Falls and to a junction. Here, you can decide to complete the hike one-way by taking the route to Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls, or continue on Gorge Trail #400 back to Multnomah Falls.

 
History
Lumber baron and philanthropist Simon Benson donated the land that the falls sit upon and funded the construction of the iconic Benson Bridge in front of Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the Columbia Gorge's most recognizable natural landmark. Benson's generosity later helped citizens work with timber companies in the 1940s and 1950s to secure protection of some of the Gorge's most iconic waterfalls. + Read More

Trail Details

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 12 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 2760 feet
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly: No
  • Restrooms Restrooms: Yes
  • Trailhead Pass Trailhead Pass: No

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Driving Directions

Multnomah Falls Trailhead:  From the west on I-84 take Exit #31/Multnomah Falls. Park in the parking lot and walk under the footbridge to Multnomah Falls Lodge. From the east on I-84, take Exit #35 toward Historic Hwy/Ainsworth State Park. Continue west for 4 miles on the Historic Hwy until you reach the parking area. Alternatively from the east or west, take I-84 to Exit #28/Bridal Veil and drive east on the Historic Columbia River Highway to the Multnomah Falls Lodge parking area. + Read More

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