Multnomah Falls

Western Gorge, Oregon

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)

Trail Features

  • WaterfallWaterfall
  • Beautiful ViewsBeautiful Views

Trail Description Driving Directions

alert Trail Alert, Dec. 16, 2016: 12/16/16: Due to hazardous conditions caused by ice, the Multnomah Falls trail is closed up to Benson Bridge, as well as up to the top of the falls. Multnomah Falls Lodge and Visitor Center is open, as well as the lower observation area, but the gate is closed at the start of the path leading up to Benson Bridge. Please observe the closure.  

This trail begins at Multnomah Falls trailhead and climbs 0.2 mile to the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 by one of the builders of the old highway. Beyond the bridge, the asphalt trail switchbacks up steeply for another mile to a ridge crest. Look for Columbia River views as you ascend. From the top, the trail drops slightly to a junction with a trail labeled "viewpoint". The asphalt follows the side path to the Multnomah Falls Upper Viewpoint, where a balcony sits at the lip of the falls looking down on the lodge and creek below.
 
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: Out and back
  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 700 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly: Yes
  • Restrooms Restrooms: Yes
  • Trailhead Pass Trailhead Pass: No

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Driving Directions

Multnomah Falls Trailhead:  From I-84 take Exit #31/Multnomah Falls. Park in the parking lot and walk under the footbridge to Multnomah Falls Lodge. Alternatively, 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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