Beautiful area with hiking trails and good photo oportunities
A three hour diversion at best.
Would love to go back again!
Striking thing about Multnomah Waterfalls is the ease of access to the falls and the variety of viewpoints. Pull out the wide-angle and capture all the falls from the viewpoint at the foot of the falls. Walk a paved trail to Benson Bridge and focus in on the Upper Falls. The claim is that these are the second highest waterfall in the USA at 625...more
Follow the Larch Mountain trail 1/4 mile to the historic Benson arch bridge. From there, the top of the falls is just one mile further (this is fairly steep, though!). You may want to continue on the Larch Mountain trail to the top (six miles), where a spectacular view of the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River Gorgeawaits you. Free maps are...more
The Benson Bridge is beautiful. One could wish to see the falls without the bridge intersecting them, however the grace of the design seems instead to create a focal point and adds interest and beauty without detracting from the falls themselves.The bridge is named for Simon Benson who paid for it. He was a wealthy Portland lumberman who at one...more
The falls are actually two-tiered. They are often listed as 620 ft high. This measurement however is a combination of both tiers plus the 9 ft drop in elevation between the tiers. The upper tier falls 542 ft into a large pool, the lower tier falls 69 ft into a small rivulet heading toward the Columbia River. They are spring fed and so have water...more
Bridal Veil Falls is yet another waterfall that i underestimated. In photo's this waterfall looks interesting but not spectacular. I was wrong this is actually one of the most beautiful in the area and that is saying a lot. Bridal Veil Falls is about 130 feet (39 m) and makes its way down the cliff in two distinct drops.Unique to this area, Bridal...more
Multnomah Falls is the second highest (620 feet, 189 m) year-round waterfall in the United States. A foot trail leads to Benson Footbridge, a 45-foot (14 m)-long footbridge that allows visitors to cross 105 feet (32 m) above the lower cascade.There is a nice native american legend about the Multnomah Falls and the Coyote, have a look...more
Take a moderate hike uphill from the Horsetail falls parking area to get to this pretty waterfall. Along the way, you'll be treated to beautiful views of the Columbia River. The trail itself is less than a half mile, but there are a number of switchbacks. One of the rewards for doing the trail is that you can actually walk behind these falls...more
OK - so I didn't see a ton of wildlife in the Gorge, but I almost stepped on this guy. It's a huge banana slug, which roam the areas around the falls. They are mentioned in the visitors center at Multnomah. Just keep your eyes on the ground as you head along the paths near the falls and you might spot one....more
The first major waterfall you hit as you head east along the scenic drive. The falls are over 200 feet tall, passing over a basalt column wall (like those at Devil's Postpile.) There's also a patch of bright yellow lichen that are on the wall. Again, signs mark the parking area to the waterfalls, and there is a relatively short path to get to the...more
This is a beautiful upscale restaurant with a great view of the fall and surrounding area. It's very warm and comfortable. This is the second time I've dined at the lodge in the past 12 months. The first time was last May or June 2012. I arrived right when they had switched to the dinner menu so around 3pm. I was with my 2yr old and his daddy. We...more
the resturant and inside and out is very charming an appealing when we went inside i thought i might have underdressed abit but it didnt matter. it seems ppl of all differnt dress codes were in there and it didnt matter. the staff there is fantasticly pleasent, and courtiouse and prompt. we dont have a favorit dish, actually the food we got...more
We weren't planning on eating here, but just happened to be here in the early afternoon when we were hungry and thinking about food. The lodge is a wonderful old forest style that seems to blend right into the cliffside. The grounds are full of flowers and ferns. There is a small gift shop, a visitors center but despite the name there are no rooms...more
The Multnomah Falls Lodge Restaurant is a fairly pricey place to eat. The atmosphere inside is quaint and i must say a little bit snobby feeling. I ate here after a very long day of hiking and i felt at first that the servers didn't want to wast their time with me since i didn't look the part of their normal clientèle.After i did get service, i...more
The Sunday Brunch buffet was outstanding! Everything was there and the staff was prompt and polite. The food was excellent and the view gorgeous! The dining area is small and intimate, a very romantic setting. There was so much there to eat, it's hard to say what was a favorite!more
This is an indoor and outdoor dining room in the historic Lodge. The interior is a combination of rustic and elegant with its wooden high beam ceiling, floor to ceiling windows and chandeliers.The luncheon menu is mostly burgers, salads and sandwiches. The smoked salmon luncheon plate was fantastic. A huge plate of fresh fruit, smoked salmon,...more
Multnomah Falls are along the Columbia River Gorge approximately twenty miles east of Portland on I-84. Driving down the Columbia River Gorge is one of the United States must-see activities.
Many years ago, a terrible sickness came over the village of the Multnomah people and many died. An old medicine man of the tribe told the chief that a pure and innocent maiden must go to a high cliff above the Big River and threw herself on the rocks below and the sickness would leave at once. The Chief did not want to ask any maiden to make the sacrifice. But when his daughter saw the sickness on the face of her lover, she went to the high cliff and threw herself on the rocks below. The sickness went away. As a token of the maiden’s welcome, the Great Spirit took water, silvery white, and streamed it over the cliff, breaking it into a floating mist.
If you are not accustomed to hiking in the Northwest Climate zone you may not be familiar with a few nasty plants we have here. On several hikes in this area I saw stinging nettles and devils club lining the trails. These plants certainly will not kill you but they are not pleasant. Stinging Nettles are similar to a bee sting when touching any part...more
While the falls are beautiful one needs to be careful while hiking to the top. The trails are often narrow and damp. I have seen people in ahurry hit a slippry spot and lose thier balance. This can be fatal if you are at a narrow and high spot. Even the area I am standing in at the base gets wet and slippery at certain times of the year.more
After learning that there is a trail that leads to the top you may feel compelled to “see what’s up there,” but you should first know what it is that you will see. If you are expecting a view of the falls from the top you will, like me, be disappointed. The observation deck at the top does not extend far enough outward for you to even see the falls. An impressive view of the Columbia Gorge is available, but no better view of the falls after your 1.5 mile venture.
Unique Suggestions: Know what you are in for.
Fun Alternatives: On the trail to the top their are several views of the falls and they are the best views that you will get not looking up at them from the bottom.
N/A Be sure to bring good hiking shoes/boots to keep your footing on the way up.I always bring a jacket since the spray usually gets you and it is often breezy. I always carry a small first aid kit with the basics and a good flashlight. Bring everything you got. This is a great photo area.more
If you want to get Vista House in your picture then you need to go just a little bit further west along the Crown Point highway to the Portland Women's Forum state scenic viewpoint. There, besides the gorgeous view, you will find a monument to Sam Hill. He was one of the original promoters of building the Columbia River Gorge Highway. He lived in...more
Built on Crown Point as the culmination of the Columbia River Gorge Highway and a place from which to enjoy the "vista" of the Columbia river gorge it fulfills its purpose beautifully. We reached it near sunset and the crowds were beginning to gather in anticipation. The view east is stunning and truly worthy of being one of the worlds greatest....more
Nearly 7 miles east of Multonomah Falls the hike to Elowah falls was the perfect introduction to the Columbia River Gorge ecosystem. Due to their distance from Portland and with all the other waterfalls to visit when you are coming from that direction they do not get the same amount of traffic some of the other falls get. Besides which you must...more
According to legend, a sickness once threatened the Multnomah Indian tribe, and the chief's daughter threw herself over the falls to appease the Great Spirit. Visitors are supposed to be able to see her face in the mist. and, yes, it is misty especially from the Bridge.Benson bridge was constructed in 1914 by Italian stone masons under the...more