Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Multnomah is the tallest waterfall in Oregon, and the 2nd tallest year round waterfall in the US. The falls drop from two steps, an upper and a lower falls. It is only a 40 minute drive from Portland and is open year round. To avoid crowds don’t visit during the summer months, the falls are opened year round, and the photography possibilities are amazing in the fall and winter.
The falls are feed from the underground springs of Larch Mountain year round, as well as the spring runoff from the mountain and rainwater. There is a foot trail that leads to the Benson Footbridge. The bridge was originally built in 1914 by Italian stonemasons. The Benson Footbridge is a 45 foot long footbridge that allows visitors a view 105 feet above the lower cascade. The foot trail continues to a platform that affords views of the upper falls and Columbia Gorge. Here you can also see Little Multnomah, a smaller fall that is not visible from the ground level. The falls are also reached by the I-84. There is a rest area and tunnel that allow interstate travelers to stop in either direction to stop and view the falls.
A historic landmark, the Multnomah Falls Lodge is located at the base of the falls. It is only a day lodge, so you will not find accommodations here. However, you will find a place for a nice respite after hiking and viewing the falls. You can stop in for a meal or just relax with an espresso or a cocktail. They offer spectacular outdoor dining on their patio when the weather allows for it. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10am until 6pm and on Friday until 8pm, Saturdays from 8am until 8pm, and Sunday from 8am-6pm. The gift shop is open daily from 9am-6pm.