Multnomah Falls

A waterfall as fabulous as any in the country is just a 30-minute drive from Portland. Multnomah Falls is a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water. It's just a short 5-minute walk from the parking area. Dress warm if you go during fall and winter!


Most Direct, 30 minutes:

From Portland take I-84 eastbound for approximately 30 miles. Follow signs and take exit 31 (an unusual left-side exit ramp) off I-84 to a parking area. Follow the path under the highway to reach the falls viewing area.

Scenic, 45 minutes:

From Portland take I-84 to exit 28 (Bridal Veil exit) and drive three miles east on the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. You will pass other falls on your way.

Ultra-Scenic, 1 hour or more depending on stops:

Take I-84 eastbound to the Troutdale exit. Follow signs for the Scenic Loop drive. Follow the drive along the old Columbia River Highway, the first in our nation to be named a National Historic Landmark. On this route you can encounter breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge, Mount Hood and several other famous waterfalls on your way to the Multnomah Falls parking area.

Learn more about Multnomah Falls Recreation Area:


Waterfalls and Volcanoes All-Day Tour

Columbia Gorge Waterfall Tour (4 hours)

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls (3.5 hours)

Martin's Tours of the Columbia River Gorge (flexible)

Add to the Discussion (2)


9 years ago

Such a gorgeous pic, Joleen! We love the hike at the top along the creek, too.


5 years ago

Great tips from Colleen Mattson: Take the Old Columbia Highway to Multnomah Falls from Portland. On your way stop at Tad’s or Tippy Canoe for lunch. Grab a soft double flavor ice cream cone at the Multnomah Falls Snack Shack. Take Highway 84 home and view the Columbia River at sunset.

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