Does this waterfall not take your breath away? I have always been fascinated with waterfalls, and they are at the top of my must-see list when I visit a new city or state. Hopefully, one day I get to see the beautiful Victoria Falls in Zambia, Africa or the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
The Multnomah Falls is the granddaddy of waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side. The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River that winds between parts of Oregon and Washington. The Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon, and it is stunning.
This waterfall draws a large crowd so arrive early if you want to get some good shots of the waterfall without having hundreds of people in your photos. The drive to the falls from Tigard, Oregon where I stayed was a beautiful scenic 1-hour drive. Depending on what two exits you take you will get a glimpse of the Horsetail Falls or the Wahkeena Falls before you arrive at the Multnomah Falls. I say visit those two falls as well as the Oneonta Gorge and Tunnel after you visit the Multnomah Falls. There was no crowding around them which made for a more relaxing experience. There are several hiking trails to adventure out on so do bring a good pair of walking shoes and bottled water.
There is a beautiful arch footbridge that allows you to walk above the lower cascade and it also provides an excellent scenic view of the rocky cliffs and forest trees surrounding the fall. The hike to the bridge is .2 miles, but if you ask me, I say it felt more like 10 miles. Ha! If you want to see, the top of the falls just hike up a little further on the trail. Remember, you are climbing, so this is not a typical flat land walk. What is climbing, Tiffany? Climbing is the sport or activity of moving vertically across steep terrains like cliffs, rocks and ice faces. Oh, we are talking about Oregon so let me not forget to include mountains and headlands. I have to say that I made some beautiful memories on the Larch Mountain Trail that made my experience at Multnomah Falls even more unforgettable.
You can find that story on my Facebook page,scroll down until you see this picture (Sept. 18 post).
Larch Mountain Trail
Make sure you stop by the Multnomah Falls Lodge before you leave. You will pass it on your way to and from the waterfall. It has a nice restaurant, information center, and gift shop; it was the perfect location for me to pop in and pick up a few of my favorite souvenirs pencils, refrigerator magnets, and postcards. I use to collect keychains, but my car is keyless. Boo! Maybe I should start collecting stickers? But where would I put them? Hmm… Suggestions anyone? What are some of your favorite travel souvenirs? How do you keep those precious memories alive of the places you have visited? Comment below, I would love to hear from you.
Scenic Drive (I love the forest)
To be continued…