Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Hiking Multnomah Falls, Portland, Oregon (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

In the morning, we left our hotel in Portland for the waterfalls. The destination was a mere 40-50 minutes away by highway. The first waterfall on our list, Multnomah Falls.

Official Site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=30026
Additional Site: http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls

Nestled in the Columbia River Gorge area, Multnomah Falls is a celebrity 600-something-foot-tall waterfall. There are actually many waterfalls in the vicinity but Multnomah is the most iconic and famous.

To get to this destination, simply take the I-84 east and follow the signs. The signs will bring you to a parking lot right next to the highway. There is a closer lot right at the bottom of the falls but it only saves you 1-5 minutes of walking and is more crowded.

Emerging from the pedestrian underpass, the hike to see Multonomah is essentially nothing. The falls is literally in front of you, which explains why it's so popular. Very little work for high reward.

Regardless of the crowds, the waterfall remains a sight to behold and is worth the trip. If you wish to make more of your drive to Multnomah, an option to hike up the falls exists. The hike up Multnomah is merely a a mile, but be warned, it is all incline. Don't worry however, the ascent is a smorgasbord of switchbacks.

The view on top really isn't much. I mean, it's not bad, but it's not great either. The view of the river is obscured and the view below the falls is underwhelming. All very anticlimactic. But the hike is fun and your surrounded by people so it's lively.

A side note: like any popular tourist destination, the earlier you arrive the better. It's easier to park and easier to take pictures. The later it gets, the more crowded it gets, duuuuuuuuuh.
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