Multnomah Falls: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Sea to Summit Tour

The Columbia River Gorge NSA , including Multnomah Falls, falls under the administration of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. When in Oregon, we toured the gorge with Sea to Summit tours. We met our guide Shahn by Pioneer Square in Portland and loaded into a comfortable minibus for our full day tour.


Shahn drove us along the Historic Columbia River Highway, stopping at numerous waterfalls and other picturesque places. The tour culminated with a stop at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Shahn kept us entertained during drive time and at each stop with the history and anecdotes about the places we saw. We never would have fit all of this into one day if we’d tried to do it on our own, and my husband would have been cranky from all the driving and trying to find parking. I highly recommend seeing the area with Sea to Summit.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls sees the mot visitors of all the tourist attractions in Oregon. It proclaims itself to be the second tallest waterfall in the USA and is the tallest in the state. The lodge and other structures in the park were built in the early 1900s and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

We walked up the path to the Benson Footbridge over the lower falls. Then we explored the small museum in the historic lodge before getting back on the road. A year after our visit, the lodge narrowly escaped destruction in the Eagle Creek Fire and the falls were closed to visitors for some time after that.

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Location: 40700 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019
Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Date designated/established: Built 1916, NRHP 1974
Date of my visit: August 27, 2016

11 thoughts on “Multnomah Falls: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

  1. So pretty. I’ve been to those falls. That would be so great to have a tour that takes you to all those falls plus with someone giving background info along the way. Great photos.

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