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A year-round recreational area offering the best of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding, boating, bird watching, photography, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing – the list is endless. Just taking a drive through the Columbia River Gorge is an experience in itself as you will be in awe of this spectacular geological wonder. The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America, starting in northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia, and traveling over 1,200 miles to the ocean. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge. A visit to the area is not complete without a visit to the breathtaking waterfalls.

Challenging but worth the view of the gorge and wild flowers!

Absolutely beautiful hike that'll kick your butt, too. So much green and so much rushing water (saw at least 5 waterfalls, I think). Very relaxing despite some steep inclines/declines and switchbacks.

1. Go early.
2. Park at Wahkeena to avoid Multnomah traffic.
3. Pictures don't do it justice.
4. Markers were mostly clear, but generally, stick with Wahkeena 420.
5. Be ready for tourists for the back 1/8 or so.

We drove too far east initially, so we stopped at Horsetail Falls right off the road. Very worth it.

It starts with a lot of paved trail, which was worrisome, but it goes away to dirt and rock soon. Not very many wet spots, but I could imagine it getting muddier if there's been more rain. It doesn't take long to get to the first waterfall (Wahkeena). This was actually the prettiest in my opinion. The bright white water against the lush green was striking. The incline is quick and intense but not overly difficult. Lemmons Viewpoint is worth the stop, but there are some other nice openings over the gorge along the way. Keep an eye out for chipmunks and eagles. Some pretty flowers on the path, too. We skipped Devil's Rest Summit (heard it's disappointing), but the highest point of the hike right there at mid-morning was pretty breathtaking. Tall trees and completely golden from the sunlight breaking through (pictures couldn't capture it). The trail going down is much rockier but not bad. Worth stopping by the water near Weisendanger Falls. When you approach Multnomah, it gets shockingly busier. Kind of annoying, but maybe avoidable a bit earlier (we started at about 9:30am, so I'd suggest maybe 7 or 8). Multnomah itself is still impressive; you just won't want to spend as much time there if it's so crowded. Overall, great hike. Moderate is an accurate rating.

[Tourism Warning] To reiterate, if you're doing the full hike, go early and definitely park at Wahkeena. We considered if we should've parked there but done it in reverse and started at Multnomah to avoid the crowds that get there later. Not sure how the hike would be in reverse, though.

Very hard hike never pushed myself so hard to finish something The trek down was worse then going up. First and last time on that mountain for this inexperienced hiker. Proud of myself for completing such a difficult hike but never again.

This is a morning I'll never forget!! The switchbacks are no joke my legs still hurt, but it was so worth it!

hiking
2 days ago

Too many people, but the view is nice.

trail running
2 days ago

Amazing nature! Worth arriving at the top falls (6+ miles one way)

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike. Bring hiking poles. On the way down, there are some parts that steel and full of tiny rock pebbles, which makes it hard to have traction with the ground.

Only hiked to Tunnel Falls about 6 miles in. Great hike! Elevation gain was steady and very little loose rock. Parts of the trail and waterfalls reminded me of Kauai.

hiking
2 days ago

Very difficult but worth it for the views!

It is a paved trail that is crowded and all uphill going up. I think it is great to see how much you have climbed. Other than that, you will not be able to see the waterfall hardly at all.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with a few beautiful along the way. By doing a google search on this trail, you will see that others have warned again parking at the upper parking lot, but instead park at the lower parking that is right by the salmon hatchery. Apparently lots of break ins occurs at the upper parking.