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Multnomah Falls is a short distance, east, of Portland, Oregon, with the main parking area in the middle of Interstate 84. It's a favorite travel destination listed on my Oregon Hiking page index.
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Multnohmah Falls GPS
By way of Interstate 84, it's at exit 31, which is about 31 miles from Portland city center. If you want to use the old scenic highway, leave Hy. 84 at exit 35 if you are headed west, or leave Hy. 84 at exit 28 if you are headed east. The old highway is more or less parallel to Hy. 84.
The hike to the top of the waterfalls is about 1.2 miles, but you may continue with two additional 6 mile hiking trail options. The vicinity also includes several other waterfalls and many more hiking trails.
The lower part of Multnomah Falls is visible from the highway, and you can reach the lower part of the falls in just a few minutes, using the sidewalk.
The longer 1.2 mile trail will take you to the top of Multnomah Falls, which is 620 feet high - the second highest year-round waterfall in the USA.
About 2 million people visit these falls per year, but only a fraction of them hike to the top. The real hiking is not crowded Multnomah Falls provides a large assortment of backdrops for photography. There is the lodge, stream, two falls, rock, cliffs, lodge, bridge, trees, visitors, the historic highway and much more.
The 1925 lodge represents every type of rock found in the Columbia River Gorge. It has an information center, snack bar, gift shop and restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Even the lower small fall and bridge are excellent for individual and family photos. The lodge, trail and forest provide a pretty nice backdrop for photography too.
With the short drive from town, this waterfall and trail are an excellent get-away for someone who wants to reach a destination less than one hour from a city. The salmon come in to spawn too, and are interesting to watch as they swim.