Multnomah Falls; One Of The Most Beautiful Waterfalls In World!

Categories: Nature

Multnomah Falls is located just 30 miles east of Portland, Oregon (exit 31 on I-84). Multnomah Falls is the second-highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nestled in the heart of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the Multnomah Falls area features tree-lined hiking trails to the top of the 620-foot falls, an interpretive center and gift shop, as well as a charming Old World lodge that offers Northwest cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are open daily from 8:00am-9:00pm. Call 503-695-2376 for more information.

Multnomah Falls is the most visited recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with 2 million stopping each year to take in the views! It features the 2nd highest waterfall in the United States.

Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually it's highest during winter and spring. Multnomah Falls offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods.  Five flows of Yakima basalt are visible in the falls' cliff face. 

Facilities: The visitor information area within the lodge is jointly staffed by Friends of Multnomah Falls and the U.S. Forest Service. Books and detailed maps of the Columbia River Gorge & Pacific Northwest, and Northwest Forest Passes are available for purchase onsite. Free trail maps of the area are available as well as free brochures about Multnomah Falls in multiple languages.

In the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge, there is a restaurant, bar, and snack bar. The Multnomah Falls Recreation Area is maintained regularly and there are plenty of bathrooms available for visitors. The visitor center, restaurant and facilities are fully accessible. 

Hiking: The 1.2 mile trail to the top of Multnomah Falls is a steep trail of switch backs climbing approximately 600 feet to the top of the falls. Leaving from the visitor center it climbs to cross the historic Benson Bridge. From the bridge those seeking a more rigorous experience can continue to the top of the cliff and take a short spur trail to a small viewing area at the very top of the falls. Hikers up for a longer climb can continue on Larch Mountain Trail for six miles to the top of Larch Mountain.

Watch the video below to gain a sense of what the experience of visiting Multnomah Falls Lodge and Recreation Area is like:

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