Multnomah Falls Recreation Area is at 55000 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy. One of Oregon's most recognized scenic landmarks, stunning Multnomah Falls plunges a dramatic 542 feet off a cliff before flowing over a second 69-foot drop. Combined with a less precipitous 9-foot descent between the two, the total height of the falls is 620 feet, making it the highest along the Columbia River Highway. The graceful concrete arch of the Benson Bridge spans the top of the lower falls, completing the iconic image that appears in countless postcards and tourist photos.
Thanks to underground springs, the falls flow year-round although rainfall and melting snow unleashes a deafening torrent in spring. At the base of the falls, Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge, built in 1925, offers a restaurant as well as a visitor center with exhibits and information about the area's trail network.
The paved Multnomah Falls Trail leads a quarter mile to the Benson Bridge and then steeply ascends for another mile to an overlook above the falls. Hikers can complete a loop back to the lodge via the Larch Mountain Trail, which passes other waterfalls, including pretty Wahkeena Falls.
Note: Parking lots for the falls can be accessed from both Historic Columbia River Highway and I-84, but expect large crowds and plenty of competition for spaces in late spring and summer. Due to hazards created by the September 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, some areas of the Columbia River Gorge remain closed to protect public safety including the Larch Mountain Trail, which leads from the Benson Bridge to the upper viewpoint. Phone ahead for updates.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.