“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.
Love coming here as much as I can. Beautiful hiking trails that never cease to amaze me. I recommend, if possible, coming on a week day. The hiking trails can be a little cramped at times due to the amount of people coming out on a nice weekend.
Only 45 minutes out of Portland Multnomah Falls is one of the truly spectacular sites in Oregon and in my opinion the whole US. Seriously, this 600+ foot fall is incredible. Situated in the Columbia River Gorge, which has a handful of beautiful falls, Multnomah is its crown Jewel. With a 2 mile hike to its top, the fall cascades to a single step and then into an inlet that leads to the Columbia River. Framed with a bridge over the inlet the fall is stunning and sits next to a visitor center and small nature center. A must visit for any traveller to Portland.
At 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is arguably `the grandaddy` of the 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. It attracts large crowds on summer weekends, so plan accordingly. A trail from famous Multnomah Falls Lodge (1925) climbs to the Simon Benson Bridge across the lower cascade, then zigzags to the top.
Fall foliage alert: autumn’s fiery colors provide a stunning backdrop for Multnomah Falls. To get the full spectrum, you can hike to the top of the falls. It’s 1.2 miles and gains about 600 feet in elevation. Once you’re at the top of the falls, you can take the six-mile Wahkeena Loop Trail, or continue on to the top of Larch Mountain to extend your colorful hike.
Multnomah Falls is a really beautiful waterfall. It's actually one of my favorite waterfalls that my wife and I have been to. It's not far from Portland and when you get there, it's just a short walk up from the parking lot to see the waterfall. From there you can take a quick little trail up to the bridge for an even better view. Here are some things to consider when making the trip to Multnomah Falls:
- Get there early. We got there around 9:30am (Saturday) and there were quite a few people there… but not nearly as many as when we came back from our short hike. I was glad I got some pictures before the hike because it would have been nearly impossible after.
- The hike to the top is not really worth it. The best views of the falls are from the bridge and the bottom of the falls, which is about 500 feet from the parking lot. There is a 1.25 mile hike to the top, but all you can really see is the parking lot below and the water falling off the edge. Some people may say that you get great views of the Columbia River gorge, but you can get better views at the Vista House.
- The people working in the gift shop were very friendly and helpful. The one woman got out maps and showed us all of the waterfalls in the area that were close and not too far of a hike from the parking areas.
The pictures don't even do it justice, truly a sight to see. If your in the Portland area, do yourself a favor and experience Multnomah Falls.
I loved seeing the waterfall and. How they have set up the scenic spot so you can park not to far away plus still on the highway. Right now it was gated up to the pier passes but still beautiful and I didn’t see it stopping anyone for pictures :)
Multnomah is by far the most grandiose waterfall in the Gorge and is extremely picturesque! The bridge seperating the upper and lower sections is good easy walk/hike to get to and if your a bit more adventurous you can get to the top of the falls for a truly incredible view!
I would encourage you to adventure out from here as well as there are tons of other waterfalls very close by!
Had the chance to go when it was frozen just a few weeks ago. Stunning.
Just one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. This is also where a end credit scene from Twilight was shot.
Only had time to reach the bridge. More majestic of a sight in person! Hope to return one day!
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