Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls Portland Reviews

JessicaNyquistLA JessicaN…
19 reviews
Truly breathtaking Dec 01, 2015
I have visited Multnomah Falls several times with my family over the years. The very first ever trip I took there was when I was only a baby. My Mom, my Dad, my sister, and I hiked it one hot summer day. I don't remember that first time because I was only a baby, and they carried me the entire way up to the top, which was a mile at least. My parents always tell me about it because they said I was lucky at the time because my sister who was about seven at the time complained the entire way up because the Falls are extremely steep, and it is quite a long ways up if you want to hike to the top. She didn't want to hike it because she got tired. We have made many trips after that, and it is always a sight to see. The Falls are absolutely magnificent and awe inspiring. It was one of the first places we took an exchange student we hosted from Kazakhstan. Multnomah Falls is a place that everyone must visit at least once in there lives. If you go in the winter, you will sometimes see it when the falls have completely frozen over and you can see ice crystals. It's even more beautiful when it is blanketed in snow with all the huge fir trees completely white. They have a nice viewing area that gives you a nice view of the Falls, and then if you want to you can walk your way up further. They also have a nice little lodge that you can visit with a restaurant, and a shop. This is a must see attraction. 5 stars
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spocklogic says:
Being a baby has its advantages! Being a Beiber does too as you may recall the news story of how he was carried up the steps at Great Wall of China.
Posted on: Dec 01, 2015
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camwilde camwilde
163 reviews
An Iconic Portland Area Landmark Mar 10, 2013
It was a beautiful and sunny day in March, although only 50 degrees. We wanted to go on a hike and decided to go see the falls since we haven't been in a while. Multnomah Falls is 620 feet tall and is a sight to behold. You can see it right off of I-84 at Exit 31. In fact, when we go on long trips, this landmark always signals to me that I am about home (about a 45 minute or so drive left).

There are two parking areas:

1) One off I-84

2) A smaller one off the Columbia River Highway

Today, both lots were jam packed because it was a rare nice Saturday in March.

As you approach the falls, there are some overpriced food shops, an information office, restrooms and a gift shop. These are good places to get warm and prepare for the hike.

The actual hike is 1.25 miles each way. After .25 miles, you get to a bridge where you can see the upper and lower falls, above and below you respectively. As you continue up the path, you get sprayed as the mist hits you and then you have a bunch of switchbacks up the mountain. It is all paved, except for the ascent part (which also isn't too bad). My 5 year old walked it all without a problem.

Just past the one mile marker, you reach the high point (actually above the top of the falls) and see the river that is its source. You then descend towards the viewing platform. The old path has been blocked and you have to go on a muddy trail for the last little bit to get to the end now. Once you get to the platform, you can look at the falls from above.

Heading back down takes a portion of the time it takes to get up. You have to climb for about 1/4 of a mile and then it is all downhill for the remaining mile.

If you love nature and have the time while in Portland, I would go check out these falls. You won't be disappointed, unless you don't like the crowds. This is definitely a tourist favorite.
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At the base of Multnomah Falls
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happy2wander happy2wa…
2 reviews
Tallest Waterfall in Oregon Jun 07, 2011
This is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. There is a lower bridge to stand on and watch the waterfall. There is a little bit of a mile hike up to the top of the water fall. This is not a hike for out of shape beginners. Everyone else can deal with the paved walk. It's a view worth going to the top for. There is also a great view of the Colombia River Gorge on the way up.
jimcat49 jimcat49
2 reviews
Most beautiful falls in Oregon May 23, 2011
An easy-to-get-to double waterfall about 50 miles east of Portland off I-84/US30. If you can take the old highway (old US 30) to see several waterfalls from Exit 14 off the interstate (Troutdale). There are several falls before Multnomah, some right at the roadside, others requiring a hike. Great for photography; avoid summer crowds and go on a weekday if possible.
SuperShan1015 SuperSha…
38 reviews
Beautiful, Scenic Waterfall Outside of Portland, Oregon May 02, 2010
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area I suggest visiting Multnomah Falls. It is the 2nd highest year-round waterfall in the United States.

It is about a 1.2 mile hike that is paved. It can be quite slippery so I suggest wearing shoes with adequate traction. I am not an avid hiker by any stretch of the imagination, but found the hike easy.

There are many different areas to stop and take pictures along the trail with different view points. You can also get a map from the Visitor's Center to hike 6+ more miles up to the very top of Larch Mountain for more experienced hikers.
Union Pacific Railroad
Benson Bridge
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powderfan powderfan
11 reviews
Cliff diving anyone? Feb 26, 2010
These falls are definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the Portland area. It's pretty touristy so it's really crowded in the summer, but the view and the drive is incredible! There a gift shop and cafe at the bottom. If you want to just stay near the bottom it's just an easy 100 meter walk from the gift shop(handicap accessible). You can hike up to the top easily if you have a some legs that work (little more than a mile). If you do try diving from the top and survive let me know and I'll try it - although I might bring a bungee cord!
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X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
Second tallest waterfall in the U.S. Jul 31, 2009
Multnomah Falls is the crown jewel in the many falls of the Columbia River gorge. Falling a total of 611 feet from top to bottom it is a two section falls. The upper falls is marked at 542 feet and the bottom section at 69 feet. There is a large lodge and gift shop at the roadway and parking area. A very nicely and newly renovated paved trail leads up from the parking area through several great viewing areas and finally to Benson bridge, named after its creator in 1914. A trail leads on to the top of the falls and covers another 1.2 miles. Other trails lead from there. Multnomah although fullest during winter and spring is the second tallest year round falls in the United States. This is a “must see” for anyone!
Koder Koder
51 reviews
Amazing Waterfall just 30 minutes east of Portland Jul 22, 2008
The water of Multnomah Falls rushes just twenty minutes east of Troutdale. The Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area extends from the Sandy River, all the way to the Deschutes River, nearly 80 miles east. The gorge holds some of the region's most scenic vistas and leads to hundreds of wilderness areas and recreation destinations, such as Bonneville Dam and Cascade Locks. There are two ways to get to the falls: Interstate 84 east and the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. The winding road of the scenic highway will deliver you to Multnomah Falls while simultaneously captivating you along the way with breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. Be sure to stop at the Vista House at Crown Point, as well as the many other rest stops and view points. Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. Unusually cold weather can freeze the plummeting water into a majestic icesicle.
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