Multnomah Falls Hike
Length: 2.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
The hike at Multnomah Falls is breathtaking. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. This waterfall is wonderful because it can be enjoyed without hiking it. If you are not a hiker, walk to the Benson Bridge to view the waterfall. If you are seeking more of a challenge, hike to the top and be amazed by the beautiful views of the Columbia Gorge.
Start at the lower falls viewpoint and walk the paved path to the Benson Bridge (0.2 miles). From the bridge it is a 1 mile hike to the top of the falls with 11 switchbacks (felt like 20). Once at the top you take a short dirt trail to the viewing deck, which overlooks the waterfall.
We hiked this on a really hot day, so it was tough. On the path, we met many people who had turned around and didn't make it to the top, but we did not give up. And boy was it satisfying to reach the top. We were pretty proud of ourselves. The whole way down Carter kept chanting, "We did it! We did it!".
Most times, just getting to the top makes it all worth it. But, this hike definitely has the added bonus of a beautiful view.
Day Use Parking: No Fee
Day Use: Year Round
Directions: 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Salem, OR.
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From Salem: Take I-5 N to Portland. Keep right to stay on 1-5 N, follow signs for I-5 N/I-84/Seattle. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 300 to merge onto 1-84 E/US-30 E toward Portland Airport/The Dalles. Keep left to continue on 1-84 E. Take left exit 31, Multnomah Falls.