GET OUTDOORS – EXPLORING MULTNOMAH FALLS

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Located in the Columbia River Gorge and just a short drive from Portland is the must-see Multnomah Falls.  At over 600 feet tall, this magnificent waterfall is breathtaking and is the second highest year-round waterfall in the US.  It was even featured in a scene from the Twilight movie and according to Native American lore, the falls were created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe.

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It’s an easy walk from the parking lot to the base of the falls and then a few hundred feet or so to Benson Bridge which provides a great view of both tiers.  The first time I visited Multnomah Falls, I witnessed a super romantic marriage proposal on this bridge – which I’m told is not an uncommon event.

The second time we came in September and decided to pack a lunch and brave the 1.2 mile hike to the top of the falls.  It may only be one mile, but it’s almost all uphill with 21 switchbacks and a well maintained paved trail.

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I’d rate it as a medium difficulty – not terribly difficult, but certainly no walk in the park either.

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Once at the top, you are rewarded with beautiful views from the viewing area.

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We found few large rocks and enjoyed our lunch next to the water.

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Whether you take this beauty if from the parking lot, the bridge or the very top – Multnomah Falls is well worth the trip.

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