Western Gorge, Oregon
Multnomah Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Trail Alert, Jul 10, 2021: In an effort to reduce summer congestion at Multnomah Falls, starting July 20, 2021, the U.S. Forest Service will required timed ticket reservations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Look further down this page for more information.
Out and back
2.6 miles round trip
In an effort to reduce summer congestion at Multnomah Falls, starting July 20, 2021, the U.S. Forest Service will required timed ticket reservations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Read more about the reservation system and go here to obtain a ticket.
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.
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.