Standing above all waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is just 30 miles (48 km) east of downtown Portland along the Historic Columbia River Highway, between Corbett and Dodson, the two-drop cascade attracts visitors of all types and ages, with both wheelchair-accessible viewing platforms and steep hiking trails that lead all the way to the top.
Enriched by rainwater and snow-melt from natural underground springs that originate on Larch Mountain as well as other steady streams running year-round, this waterfall has been almost full of visitors anytime.
The waterfall drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21m) 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). The two drops are due to a zone of more easily eroded basalt at the base of the upper falls.
This waterfall is totally accessible via a stretch of I-84 east of Troutdale, Oregon. The rest area and tunnel under the road allow Interstate travelers from either direction to stop and pay a visit to the Multnomah Falls.
Once you see the beauty of this spectacular and fascinating waterfall, we bet you cannot suppress the urge to view the United States’ second-tallest year-round waterfall directly.
Luckily, whatever the seasons are, Multnomah Falls does not dry up in the late summer. Thus, you can drop in on this place anytime all the time. In springs, summer, winter or autumn, this fall is still fed by rainwater, snowmelt streams. Then, you can enjoy a spectacular sight of the fall any day of the year.
Like the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Multnomah Falls is worth jostling through the camera-wielding multitudes to see with your own eyes when you hike up on it.
Multnomah Falls offers a very popular ¼ mile short hike to the Benson Bridge. If you have time and a sharpened skill on hiking, you can try to conquer the 1.1-mile trek to the top.
Besides, the Multnomah Falls trail connects with several other gorgeous trails, offering a large number of hiking opportunities at different skill levels to hikers.
In order to get specific information regarding the different hiking trails being accessible from the Multnomah Falls Trails, you can contact the Forest Service Interpretive Center.
If time allows, you can pay a visit to the nestled Multnomah Falls Lodge. A restaurant, a gift shop and hiking information are all available in one historic building here.
Luckily, pets are allowed at Multnomah Falls as long as they are under owners’ control and on a leash at all times. More importantly, you are not required to buy a Northwest Forest Pass when visiting this waterfall.
Besides, the climate here is influenced by spray and mist, so it is a bit cooler than other falls. In this regard, you should bring a sweater even in summer or coat in winter for added warmth.