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Multnomah Falls

Upper Multnomah Falls Trail, Bridal Veil, Oregon 97010 USA

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The Columbia River Gorge is filled with waterfalls, but none as striking as Multnomah, with its two tiers and storybook footbridge. With great beauty and a convenient location literally right off the highway come great crowds, though. Luckily, it's free and you can make this a quick stop before heading off in search of the other hidden gem waterfalls waiting to be discovered.

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“A breathtaking year-round waterfall!”

Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m). Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States but that claim is debated among waterfall experts. Underground springs from Larch Mountain are the year-round source of water for the waterfall, augmented by spring runoff from the mountain's snowpack and rainwater during the other seasons. A foot trail leads to Benson Footbridge, a 45-foot (14 m)-long footbridgethat allows visitors to cross 105 feet (32 m) above the lower cascade. The trail continues to a platform at the top of the upper falls where visitors get a bird's-eye view of the Columbia Gorge and also of "Little Multnomah", a small cascade slightly upstream from the "upper" falls, which is not visible from ground level. The footbridge is named for Simon Benson, who financed the bridge's construction in 1914 by Italian stonemasons. According to legend, "There was a terrible sickness that threatened lives of the Multnomah people. An old medicine man revealed that the sickness had been foretold but that it would pass if a maiden descendant of a tribal chief would throw herself from a high cliff above the big river and onto the rocks below. The chief was not willing to sacrifice any of his daughters, so he elected to allow the sickness to run it’s course.When the Chief’s daughter saw that the sickness had affected her lover, she went up to the top of the cliff and threw herself to the rocks below. Upon her death, the sickness immediately began to leave the affected people. Now, when the breeze blows through the water, a silvery stream separates from the upper falls.

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Lesli Peterson

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November 03, 2019
Rated 4.0

A must see in Oregon and only 30 minutes from Portland and is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. But, we suggesting not just joining the masses at the observation point but also do the 5 mile loop walk to the waterfall.

Not only will you experience the power of this gigantic waterfall from top, middle and bottom, but you’ll also pass by five other waterfalls along the way, as well as countless cascades - an adventurous and fun way to spend a few hours.

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StephaniePacheco

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October 29, 2019

You can see this gigantic waterfall from the highway. The parking lot is very close and it's just a walk up to the beauty for all ages. A very popular stop but the view looks great in all seasons and in all angles.

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Melissa

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May 15, 2019
Rated 5.0

A must see. It's just steps away from the parking lot. Beautiful!

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CariMaggie

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September 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

Wow!!!

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Multnomah Falls

Upper Multnomah Falls Trail
Bridal Veil, Oregon
97010 USA

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Good for backpackers, couples, and cultural-travelers.

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