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Multnomah Falls / Wahkeena Falls 5 Mile Loop

This is on Father's Day, so please do not RSVP if you need to be back for other events later in day.  I do not set an end time.

Hike Details

Meeting Time: 0830

Meeting Place: Bottom level of the Gateway parking deck.

Hike Distance:  4.8 miles

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, but the climb at the start is tough.

Dogs MUST be leashed.

Drive Distance: Approx 50 miles RT

Why so early?  Because this place is a madhouse with summer crowds later in the day.

Photos from our last hike there...

We will be parking at the Multnomah Falls Lodge, walking the access trail to Wahkeena Falls and hiking from there so that we end back at the Multnomah Falls Lodge.  It is a beautiful hike with several waterfalls and long walks along the creek.

This is a fairly challenging hike, so please be mindful of your own fitness level when you RSVP.

Description from the NW Hiker website...

This hike can be done clockwise or counterclockwise. This description will be clockwise. The paved trail takes the hiker across the bridge between the lower and upper Multnomah Falls, then continues steeply through mostly wooded areas with occasional views and many switchbacks to the top of the ridge.

The trail continues downhill for a short distance then after the turnoff to the view point at the top of Multnomah Falls, the trail becomes unpaved. There is a large stone bridge across Multnomah Creek, then the trail begins to climb again but not as steep. After crossing the bridge there is a junction to the right to the Perdition Trail which has been closed for several years due to unsafe conditions.

Continue up Trail #441 pass many outstanding waterfalls for about .8 miles and turn right at the junctionto Trail #420. This trail continues uphill for another .8 miles then intersects an optional way down to Wahkeena Falls by Trail #419. Or one can continue on Trail #420 which takes the hiker past the trail to Angel's Rest and continues downhill past Fairy Falls to Wahkeena Falls. There is a short half mile hike back to Multnomah Falls that parallels the Old Columbia River Highway.

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  • sabra


    June 17, 2013

  • May t.

    Beautiful weather and beautiful hike. Thanks for organizing this. Perfect group!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for sa great hike!

    June 16, 2013

  • Michael

    I guess we started too early or went too slow to catch-up with the group. Laura and I did the full loop by ourselves. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. I will try to upload pictures later today.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The max gets in at 8:35 so I will be a couple minutes late.

    June 16, 2013

  • Michael

    Laura and I will meet everyone at Multnomah Falls Lodge at around 9:30. We'll catch-up if we're behind.

    June 15, 2013

  • Susan D.

    Sorry to say I hurt my knee while hiking on the coast today. Have to cancel for this hike hope to make another one in the future. Bummer hope another person can make it.

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I could use that lift of offering Mr Knight

    June 15, 2013

  • Stacey W.

    Sorry - over did it today. I'll need to spend the day taking it easy

    June 15, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Sorry but can't make it. Have a great hike.

    June 14, 2013

  • Dave

    I think some are making this a lot more complicated that it needs to be. We are meeting at a 4 story parking deck that is beside a train station. Google is your friend. How do you find us? We will be the group of people standing out in a parking deck at 0830 in the morning, dressed for the outdoors. This is a common meeting location for other groups, we will be the group going to Multnomah Falls. I look surprisingly like my photo. Normally I try to stand on the corner, but another group may be there.

    1 · June 14, 2013

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