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https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd560885.pdf Columbia River Gorge is recovering from a fire and many trails are closed. Please see above link for up to date trail closure info 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.

Definitely go to the top. Easy hike/walk up. When at the top, instead of taking a right to the lookout, walk a few miles further up the river. Several beautiful waterfalls worth checking out. Then check out the Multnomah waterfall lookout on your way back down.

The downside to walking this is there is a LOT of bikers. But, it’s a beautiful and easy walk with many scenic stops to view the Columbia River and cute waterfall near the beginning. I take my 3 kids out on this often and they love it, just have to keep them close due to fast bikers.

Very nice trail. It’s mainly up hill to the top of the fall. I would advise wearing layers. It’s cold to begin with but then gets warm. I wore a long sleeve shirt and active wear pants with hiking boots with a jacket to be able to take on and off and did just fine. I would advise getting to the falls either early or later in the day. I went at 12 today once the fog cleared and it wasn’t too bad. Still crowded for a Monday I would say.

Beautiful climb and views!

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

NOT for inexperienced or out-of-shape hikers, but a marvelous, butt-burning cardio workout for those seeking an absolutely spectacular view. Bring plenty of water with you, some snacks, & trail poles if you got 'em. I'm pretty light, spry & athletically inclined, & i SUPER wish I had brought poles with me! Loved the calm woods in between the exterior passes with gorgeous views. Thankful for my Solomon Trail Runners, they kept their grip along the loose gravely parts of the alpine meadow pass. Worth the grueling hike up! Glad I went in the "off-season", I encountered a pleasant number of hikers to feel safe & not so alone, but it was not crowded this time of year by any means.

Did this yesterday. It is great 6 mile trail that took us 3 hours. Started at Wahkeena Falls at 10 am and hardly saw anyone until we got to the Multnomah side. Beautiful views and the sound of water from the creek and all the waterfalls. Would recommend hiking shoes as the trail is muddy in spots and rocky in others. Well worth the climb. Bathrooms at Wahkeena parking are closed for the season. Go early in the day as it gets busy in afternoon and you will have trouble finding parking.

hiking
6 days ago

Summited 10/12/19. Went Mt Defiance Trail (follow the paved trail along the highway that eventually turns left to the Hole in the Wall Waterfall) --> summit --> back down Starvation Ridge Trail (which is currently CLOSED so when you hit the junction on the way down follow Mt Defiance BACK and finish the same way you started - which adds some mileage - because you will end up at a dead end like I did if you don't pay attention). Starts out easy and flat for a little then with some mild elevation gain. Once the switchbacks start, it gets pretty steep for quite some time. Eventually you'll hit a straightforward part of the trail that gives you some time to catch your breath.... and then it starts shooting back upward. At around 3k? 3.5k? elevation, there is some snow as of right now. Never more than a few inches and mostly with dirt poking through but there are a few icy areas so watch your step. Once you hit the junction between mount defiance and mitchell point, you'll be heading up some rocks. About .25 miles away from there is a temporary sign: you can go left to the slightly shorter way (through the forest and past the service road) or to the slightly longer/more scenic route. You're not too much further from the top here. When you go back down from the summit, to go back down the slightly shorter way, turn right into the forest at the "HIGH VOLTAGE" sign (reassuring, right?). Follow the Mitchell Pt Trail/Warren Lake signs and then eventually turn back down onto Starvation Ridge Trail... just make sure to turn back onto the Mt Defiance Trail when you see a sign for it :)! It took me about 6.5 hours (with getting a little lost. About 7 hours with breaks). Clocked ~14 miles with a little over 5000 ft elev gain. Parking lot was empty @7:30 am and full when I left @2:30 pm (though with some side parking avail). Didn't see that many people on the trail as I was going and had the summit (and radio towers) to myself. View was great but the trail was difficult. Can definitely get similar views for less work but great for training and also getting to say you were at the the highest point of the Gorge!

Appreciated the tip to do the loop by going up the Multnomah Falls side and back down to Wahkeenah. I much preferred going up those paved, busy switchbacks from Multnomah. If you don’t want to do the whole loop, go at least as far as when the trail turns to dirt (after the switchbacks near the viewpoint above Multnomah). I highly recommend this portion of the trail. It follows the creek to three sets of falls: Dutchman, Weisendanger and Ecola. I enjoyed the whole loop, but this section was really beautiful. The visitor station at Mutnomah has a nice little map and the trail is well marked.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked on 10/11, it was my second visit. Personally, I feel it worth the time if you haven’t been here yet, but the crowds and parking could be intimidating. Be here early, maybe before 9:30 for weekday and even earlier for weekend to get a parking spot.

Great trail with hardly any foot traffic. Just follow signs for PCT because there aren’t signs for the falls. However, this is a really great day hike. Mostly uphill going out which makes the back trip quite easy. Tiny glimpses of views but mostly tucked under tree cover. Saw deer, slugs and birds. Would totally do this hike again.

Awesome loop. Started out early at the lodge then took the connecting trail to Wahkeena Falls and did the loop in reverse. This way only saw 5 people until I hit the top of Multnomah Falls.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy hike. Views are spectacular. Not sure why this would be rated anything but 5 stars unless you don’t like the outdoors.

hiking
6 days ago

This was an amazing hike! I hear it gets super busy in the spring from all the wildflowers. Glad I did this in the fall. Views are crazy!

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

My partner and I just completed this hike as our first voyage in the Columbia River Gorge. Definitely start early and hit Multnomah Falls first (it was starting to get thick around 8am on a Sunday). The loop itself is a little over 6 miles if you start from Wahkeena Falls parking area. Trail was well marked and several very handsome falls made this a really nice introduction to PNW hiking. One downside is the omnipresent Columbia Highway but I guess that’s the price you pay for only going 30 miles outside Portland. Fire damage was also wild and really allowed us to feel the force of nature. It’s beautiful in a bittersweet kind of way. Walking stick recommended but not required.

hiking
8 days ago

started from the path left of the parking lot. going up was quite easy with a nice view on top. going down we realised that the trail would be twice as hard if you would have started the path with the restrooms at the start (which means it was quite strenuous on the knees going down).

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Arrived at Multnomah Falls Lodge at 7 AM, finished around 10:30 and only saw 4 other people on the trail. This is my favorite Gorge hike in any weather, but Fall is where this loop really shines. Highly recommended. Go clockwise (start with Multnomah Falls switchbacks, not Wahkeena switchbacks). Your knees and lungs will thank you.

Beautiful views of waterfall, Columbia river and mountains. More like a mile and a half to the top. Doable for all ages. Pretty cold by waterfall, I recommend wearing a water resistant jacket, long pants and hiking boots.

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muddy
8 days ago

Beautiful hike! The upper falls has a trail that goes into a cave behind the waterfall. Unfortunately the trail is currently closed beyond the upper falls due to fire damage. So the hike is really only about a mile, but well worth it!

Short hike. Very beautiful!

Way to crowded for my liking. I’ll stick to my secluded hikes.

hiking
11 days ago

I wasn’t expecting the incline about two miles of it. Because we were just going to stop by the lodge and check out the falls. It’s definitely a work out but worth it!

hiking
11 days ago

I wasn’t expecting the incline about two miles of it. Because we were just going to stop by the lodge and check out the falls. It’s definitely a work out but worth it!

Extremely crowded

Great hike! I parked at The Trail of the Gods Trailhead parking lot, crossed the street, and got on the PCT (this trail follows the PCT - you won’t see signs for “Dry Creek Falls Trail”. It’s easy to moderate going up due to a slight incline. The trail was super easy to follow. The falls are very pretty!

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