Second highest waterfalls in the USofA. Most visited recreational site in the Pacific Northwest, with almost 2 million people visiting each year. I tell you these facts because if, like me, you did not know beforehand how busy this place can get, you will plan a trip on a long weekend and then spend an hour and a half trying to find a parking spot because the rest of the world decided to drop by at the same time too.
P.S Totally worth it. But if you can, go at a less popular time of the year so you can actually take in all the beauty without people elbowing you to keep moving forward, and get pictures without people photobombing accidentally.
Do yourself a favor, and take the ultra Scenic Loop drive to get here. You’ll see breathtaking views of Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood (if you haven’t already read my post on these two amazes, read them here.), and several other waterfalls.
The falls is a 3 mile round trip hike to the top of the falls. It leads through the Benson Bridge, which is a great viewing point for those who don’t want to hike up. Standing on the bridge, tilting your head up to take in its entirety, one can really feel the mind boggling perspective on the sheer magnitude of Multnomah Falls.
Intersting titbit I learnt at the Visitors Centre – Native American folklore goes to say that the falls was created to win the heart of a princess who wanted a private and hidden place to bathe.
*waits patiently for own personal waterfall*
Anyway, The hike itself is a steep one, rising to 600ft of elevation very quickly. It leads to the mouth of the falls, an awesomely refreshing albeit cold stream you can dip your legs into. There is a small alcove area to view the falls dropping down, but it was so busy we could hardly stand there for a few minutes.
Rainwater, underground springs and snow melt make sure this falls stays alive and active all through the year, ensuring spectacular views through all the seasons.
So, until someone gets me my own personal waterfall, I’ll just be sitting here dipping my legs in the refreshing stream, feeling the exhilarating spray of falls water.
Stay tuned for more spectacular trips, and thanks for reading! 🙂