Multnomah Falls Trail

Multnomah County, Oregon
Elevation Gain1,615ft
Trailhead Elevation46ft
Elevation Min/Max46/796ft
Elevation Start/End46/46ft

Multnomah Falls Trail

Multnomah Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Multnomah County, Oregon. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 46 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,615 feet. The Multnomah Falls Lodge restaurant is near the trailhead. There are also drinking water and restrooms. The trail ends near the Upper Multnomah Falls and Lower Multnomah Falls waterfalls. This trail connects with the following: Gorge Trail #400 and Larch Mountain Trail 441.

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Trailblazer | 810 pts
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This trail has quite a little climb, and it's a pretty busy trail on weekends, but it's doable and has great views on the way up, once you get to the top, and even at the base. This is a hike we did with our boys when they were younger, and they enjoyed it. It's a nice, quick walk with great views.
Trout Lake, WA
Explorer | 52 pts
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Syracuse, UT
Adventurer | 285 pts
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LOTS OF PEOPLE! Beautiful falls though Hood River which is just east of Multnomah towards The Dahls will be my retirement home. Beautiful place.
San Clemente, CA
Trailblazer | 756 pts
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I was visiting the Portland area on business during which a few of the Portland locals recommended I take a few hours at the end of my day to visit the falls. Certainly, I cannot thank them enough, as I believe that this spot is one of the most beautiful spots in the Portland area.

The hike is along a paved walkway until you reach the top of the hanging valley above the falls. Multiple switchbacks provide a quick climb and views of the Columbia River Gorge (as well as multiple views of the falls along the way)so be sure to bring your camera.

The falls are well visited and well loved, so don't anticipate getting away from the madding crowds, unless you visit during the week, or as I did, late in the day.

At the top of the falls, the trail leads to other areas worth exploring as well as a well constructed platform that offers dizzying views OVER the edge down the lodge and parking area.

If you're in the Portland area and don't make a point to visit Multnomah Falls, shame on you...you're missing out on a memory worth making.

Oh yeah, take your camera, you'll be glad you did and will kick yourself if you don't. That being said, the well stocked gift shop at the lodge will sell you one, just in case.

The restaurant at the Lodge is not too bad. Avoid the lamb, it was a little chewy. The salmon was excellent.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch
"The premier Columbia Gorge hike."
Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
"Enjoy a spectacular loop to two of the gorge’s most gorgeous waterfalls, plus a couple of not too shabby ones too. Multnomah is Oregon’s highest and most visited waterfall and the Columbia gorge’s quintessential cataract. And Wahkeena is no mere cascade— its name derives from a native american word meaning “most beautiful,” and it certainly is. This is the ultimate loop for waterfall lovers and, not surprisingly, hordes of hikers barrel up and down these trails. Get an early start, or save it for a rainy day."

Trail Information

Multnomah County
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Mount Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
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