Multnomah Falls are absolutely amazing and located just 30 minutes outside of Portland city (approx. 1.5hrs by public transport). When I arrived here, I was blown away by the eyeful that I got. Even in the summer, the waterfall was gushing icy water over a 611ft drop. At the falls, there is the beautiful Benson Bridge which allows people to cross 105ft over the lower cascades. This bridge is named after Simon Benson, who used to own the falls. He gave away the land just before he died in the early 1900’s. This foot bridge leads to a switch back trail, which brings you to the top of the falls.
At the top, there is a stunning view of the Columbia Gorge and on a clear day you can see way out. When I was at the top of the falls, I was able to walk across the water (freezing!!) and managed to peek over the edge (terrifying!). It was incredible up there with places to sit and chill out for a while. From here, there are a number of different trails that you can take further in to the forest with cute little bridges dotted around.
Unfortunately, I was wearing sandals so I was a little limited as to how far I could go but the parts I did see, have me itching to go back. There are beautiful little bridges and places to just hang out. Even though it’s a really popular tourist spot, it’s so big you can definitely get away from the crowds. Rooster rock is also really close by so the next time I’m out there, I’m definitely checking that out as well!
There are a couple of different routes that you can take to get out there, Oregon.com have directions you could follow here. As I am without a beep beep at the moment though, I’m relying on public transport. I got my nose stuck in to the Google machine and got a map put together. To leave from the city, you can get the MAX (green, red or blue line) out to the Gateway Transit Center. From here, the Columbia Gorge Express brings people directly out to Multnomah Falls. This is a brilliant service and goes nearly every hour Friday to Sunday. It’s just new but has attracted thousands of passengers. The stop is just on the other side of the parking lot (Fred Meyer’s side of the street) on the corner of 99 and Pacific. You can purchase tickets online for only $5 and it’s also mobile friendly. There is only a charge to get out to the falls, not to come back. Going by public transport can take anything from an hour and 15 mins to an hour and 45. It all depends on how your connections are.
- It goes without saying but wear a pair of sneakers and comfy trousers or shorts. (I still haven’t learned my lesson after Cook’s Trail).
- Bring lots of water, it can get hot!
- Bring food and snacks, there is a restaurant at the lodge but it’s quite pricey! It’s also a great treat for when you get to the top.
- Use the loo before you go up, it’s all nature up there…
- Plan to arrive at the falls early, it’s an incredibly busy tourist spot.
- Don’t be afraid to check out all of the cool trails there are to follow!
I’ve update the gallery with some pictures I took along the way, enjoy!