Multnomah Falls Travel Guide

  • Benson Bridge
    Benson Bridge
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    Ponytail Falls
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    Middle Oneonta Falls
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Multnomah Falls Things to Do

  • Wahkeena Falls

    Wahkeena Falls is another beautiful waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, just a half-mile or so west of Multnomah Falls. Wahkeena is a Yakima Native American word for "most beautiful", a good description of this rather unique waterfall. You can sort of see this waterfall from the road, but to get a good view, take the quarter-mile hike up the...

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  • Multnomah Falls

    A visit to Oregon is not complete without a stop at Multnomah Falls, Oregon's highest waterfall. It is incorrectly claimed to be the fourth highest in the US and second highest year-round waterfall in the US, but regardless of its rank, Multnomah is truly spectacular. It's right off the Historic Columbia River Highway and I-84 east of Portland, so...

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  • Ponytail Falls

    Ponytail Falls, also called Upper Horsetail Falls, is a smaller waterfall just upstream of the more well-known Horsetail Falls. This waterfall requires a short, but steep hike to visit. From Horsetail Falls along the Historic Columbia River Highway, hike up the Horsetail Falls Trail (438) up a couple of switchbacks and then to the waterfall. The...

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  • Horsetail Falls

    Horsetail Falls is a beautiful 200-foot waterfall right along the side of the Historic Columbia River Highway, about 2.5 miles east of Multnomah Falls. Horsetail Creek slides down the cliff face in a classic horsetail form and it doesn't require a hike to get there. There is a parking area along the north side of the highway and a viewing area...

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  • Photograph beautiful waterfalls

    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...

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  • Hike the trails

    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...

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  • Benson Bridge

    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...

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  • Multonomah Falls

    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...

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  • Bridal Veil Falls

    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...

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Multnomah Falls Restaurants

  • I expect better :(

    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...

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  • the food

    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...

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  • Such a warm atmosphere

    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...

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  • Multnomah Falls Lodge

    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...

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  • The Best Sunday Brunch!

    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!

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  • Multnomah Falls Lodge

    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,...

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Multnomah Falls Transportation

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    by mcpangie Written Jan 25, 2004

    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.

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Multnomah Falls Local Customs

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    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.

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Multnomah Falls Warnings and Dangers

  • Plants That Bite

    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...

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  • Steep and slippery

    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.

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Multnomah Falls Tourist Traps

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    by GuthrieColin Updated Jan 21, 2005

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    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.

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Multnomah Falls What to Pack

  • our family vacation

    comfortable shoes a must. no flip flops or slip ons as my kids found out the hard way. bring along a camera for the many photo ops bring along munchies and water for the kiddies and adults too.

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  • Good outdoor wear is smart

    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.

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Multnomah Falls Off The Beaten Path

  • Sam Hill's Monument

    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...

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  • Vista House

    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....

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  • Elowah Falls

    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...

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Multnomah Falls Favorites

  • Beauty in Nature

    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...

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  • You'll Fall for these Falls!

    This is the first, and most spectacular part of the Falls, plummeting 542 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain. Access to hiking paths to the top of the Falls and breathtaking views of the Gorge starts at the bottom of the Falls.

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  • Lower Falls

    Another photo of the Falls, showing the descent from the pool the the lower part of the fall, drop of a mere 70 feet!

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