Multnomah Falls Recreation Area

Traveler Alert: Some areas of the Columbia River Gorge were impacted by the Eagle Creek fire of 2017. Before you head out, learn more about what’s open and closed on the Historic Columbia River Highway and check with USFS for the most up-to-date information on trail closures.

Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest with more than 2 million stopping by each year to take in the views! Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, usually it’s highest during winter and spring. Multnomah Falls offers one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods.  Five flows of Yakima basalt are visible in the falls’ cliff face.

Facilities: The Multnomah Falls Recreation Area is maintained regularly with plenty of bathrooms available for visitors. The visitor center, restaurant and facilities are fully accessible. The visitor information area within the lodge is jointly staffed by Friends of Multnomah Falls and the U.S. Forest Service. Books and detailed maps of the Columbia River Gorge & Pacific Northwest, and Northwest Forest Passes are available for purchase onsite. Free trail maps of the area are available as well as free brochures about Multnomah Falls in multiple languages.

Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge boasts a restaurant, bar, and snack bar.

Hiking: The 1.2 mile trail to the top of Multnomah Falls is a steep trail of switchbacks climbing approximately 600 feet to the top of the falls. Leaving from the visitor center it climbs to cross the historic Benson Bridge. From the bridge those seeking a more rigorous experience can continue to the top of the cliff and take a short spur trail to a small viewing area at the very top of the falls. Hikers up for a longer climb can continue on Larch Mountain Trail for six miles to the top of Larch Mountain.