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Top of Multnomah Falls

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Updated January 26, 2013

The main drop of Multnomah Falls plunges over the edge of the cliff in the Columbia River Gorge.
Top of Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge

Top of Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge

Wendy Bumgardner © 2010
At last you reach your goal, the viewing area at the top of the main drop of Multnomah Falls. Here the creek, which is fed by a springs from Larch Mountain, tumbles over the edge of the basalt cliff and drops 542 feet into the pool below. You get a great view out north, across the Columbia River to the Washington side.

There are railings here to help keep you safe.

Now you have a choice to return downhill, or to continue and make a loop hike to the passing more waterfalls as you climb further up, then over and down via the Wahkeena Falls Trail for a six mile hike, or the Oneonta Gorge for a 14.4 mile hike. With either choice, you will now leave the paved trail and be on narrow trails with sharp basalt rock. Hiking boots or trail shoes are required, and trekking poles are a very good idea. There is no water or restrooms along either trail until the end.

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