Multnomah Falls Warnings and Dangers

  • Even on a winter weekday the parking lots fill up
    Even on a winter weekday the parking...
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  • Devils Club
    Devils Club
    by GuthrieColin
  • Stinging Nettles
    Stinging Nettles
    by GuthrieColin

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    CROWDS

    by mtncorg Written Mar 8, 2016

    Summer weekends are best avoided. The large parking lots along the freeway and a smaller one along the old Columbia River Gorge Highway fill quickly. Reader boards miles away along I-84 blink the warning of a maxed out parking situation long before you reach the waterfall and the historic lodge with its gift shop, visitor center and restaurant at the base of the falls. Springtime is maybe the best time to visit - again, not on the weekend, if you can avoid it - when Multnomah Creek is a full blast. Winter can be magic if a cold spell sets in and freezes up everything, though the highways leading in can also be frozen.

    Even on a winter weekday the parking lots fill up
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    Plants That Bite

    by GuthrieColin Written May 12, 2007

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    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 of the plant. Leaves, stem, stalk anything. If you do accidentally encounter stinging nettles the best remedy is to use an antihistamine and avoid itching.
    The devils club is quite different. It has very hardy thorns which are far more destructive than your average blackberries or sticker bushes. Best to simply avoid these or find some nasty scratches and maybe a few slivers.

    Devils Club Stinging Nettles
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    Steep and slippery

    by thecatsmeow Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    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.

    Joyce at the base of the falls
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