Nestled half an hour west of Hood River within the iconic Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls is one of the most popular natural sightseeing spots in the entire Pacific Northwest region. For more details on what makes the Columbia Gorge Multnomah Falls such as fantastic place to visit during your Hood River vacation, read on below!
Picturesque Natural Beauty in Hood River at the Multnomah Falls
The Multnomah Falls are easily accessed by taking the I-84 or the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls themselves are the tallest in Oregon and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States, spanning a jaw-dropping 620 feet in height. The upper falls make up the majority of the falls at just over 540 feet, while the lower falls measure at nearly 70 feet.
Estimated to have formed about 15,000 years ago, the Multnomah Falls in Oregon get their name from the Multnomah Native American tribe. According to their legends, the falls were created when a woman sacrificed herself to the Great Spirit by jumping off of a cliff in order to preserve Multnomah village in the face of a plague. Upon her death, the falls began to flow with water.
When you visit the falls, remember to dress warmly. The mist generated from Multnomah Falls actually cools down the viewing area around the falls, meaning that you’ll want to bring an extra layer such as a sweater in the summer or a coat in the winter for an additional layer of warmth. Other things to keep in mind: you don’t need a Northwest Forest Pass to visit the falls, and pets are allowed at the falls provided they are on a leash and in control at all times.
Over two million visitors make the trip to Multnomah Falls in Oregon each year. This locale is unique in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for its fascinating geology and its year-round flow. The falls are fed into from underground springs in Larch Mountain. The Multnomah Falls vary in their flow, but are generally at their highest during the winter and spring seasons, making the falls an excellent attraction to visit if you and your guests are in town for outdoor cold weather recreation.
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