Multnomah Falls - Franklin Ridge Loop
Western Gorge, Oregon
Trail above Multnomah Falls (photographer: Warren Morgan)
Hike Details
Type:
Loop
Distance:
12 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
2760 feet
Difficulty:
Expert
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms:
Yes
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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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.

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.