Multnomah / Wahkeena Falls Loop Trail

Multnomah Falls Trail #441
Wahkeena Falls Trail #400/420

NOTE: The following two books are highly recommended for anyone interested in hiking in the Columbia River Gorge: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge, and 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon. I own both and consider them indispensable for hiking the Columbia River Gorge.

Length: 5.7 miles
Trail Uses: Hiking
Facilities available: Parking, Restrooms, Gift Shop, Restaurant
Season of Use: March to December
Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation: 100 to 1600 feet
Visitor Use: Heavy
Recreation Pass to Park: No

Directions to Multnomah Falls Trail

Traveling West on Interstate 84, you may access Multnomah Falls via the Historic Columbia River Highway at Exit 35 or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31. If you are traveling East on Interstate 84, you may access Multnomah Falls via the Historic Columbia River Highway at Exit 28 or you may use the freeway parking lot by taking Exit 31. It is recommended that people with disabilities use Exit 28 (traveling East Bound) or Exit 35 (East and West Bound) for direct access to the lodge. If you are traveling East and would like to see the key waterfall area in the gorge you may take Exit 17 or 18 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway.


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Multnomah Falls Trail / Wahkeena Falls Trail Loop Description

One of the best hikes in the gorge. If you have children and/or dogs, this is a much safer hike than Eagle Creek Trail. While there are some steep banks next to the trail, except for the Multnomah Falls Lookout, it does not have the sheer cliffs of eagle Creek. Start at the Multnomah Falls trailhead, this is the direction most people take, so you will run into fewer people coming in the opposite direction on the trail. Mulntomah Falls Trail follows Multnomah Creek sout to the junction with Trail 420, which leads to the Devil’s Rest Trail junction, and junctions with trails 419c and 400/420 which follow Wahkeena Creek down to Wahkeena Falls. I recommend taking Wahkeena Falls Trail 400/420 down to Wahkeena Falls, Wahkeena Springs is near the trail junction and is well worth the stop. It makes a great lunch / snack stop. Beautiful Fairy Falls is about a half mile down trail 400/420.  For a longer hike, you can follow Multnomah Falls Trail 441 five miles past the junction with trail 420 to Larch Mountain, take trail 420c to Devil’s Rest, or trail 415 to Angel’s Rest.

Multnomah Falls Area Hiking Trails Map including Angel’s Rest Trail Map

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Multnomah Falls Hiking Loops

Links

USFS Multnomah Falls web page
USFS Wahkeena Falls web page
USFS Wahkeena Falls Day Use / Picnic Area / Trail head web page
USFS Wahkeena Falls Trail #420 web page