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Multnomah Falls Trail

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

Location : Multnomah Falls Scenic Area, OR.

Parking : Free

Trail type : Out and Back

Trail Length : 2.4 miles rt

Elevation Gain : 870ft

Difficulty : Moderate

Trails traversed : Multnomah Falls Trail

Pets Allowed ? Yes

Multnomah Falls is the tallest falls in Oregon and the most visited site in the Pacific NorthWest. No visit to the Falls is complete without doing this short but steep hike which starts from the Multnomah Falls Lodge, over the Benson Bridge and takes you all the way to the top of the falls.

The initial part of the trail is a paved path that slopes gently towards Benson Bridge where you get a close-up misty view of the two tiers of the falls.

As you walk past the chained fence, the trail starts to climb steeply upwards.

You will begin to feel the climb as you traverse from one switchback after another, with the stunning views of the Columbia River and the parking lot below being the only saving grace.

At the third switchback, a bench offers another view of the Falls. There are 11 switchbacks in total after which the trail comes to a crest and drops slightly to a signed junction where you'll go right for the Multnomah Falls Viewpoint.

From here you get a birds eye view of the entire falls and the Lodge below. This view is a perfect reward for the strenuous climb up.

On returning to the main trail, turn upcreek and cross a rock faced bridge over Multnomah Creek.

Enjoy this picturesque setting before heading back to the main trail to return to Multnomah Falls Lodge.


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