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Multnomah Falls ~ Wahkeena Falls Loop

  • Apr 10, 2011 · 8:30 AM
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Features:  We’ll park at Multnomah Falls and take the paved trail leading across the bridge between the lower and upper Multnomah Falls, then continue steeply up thru wooded areas (with occasional views of the Columbia) and several 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.  We’ll continue up Trail #441 pass many outstanding waterfalls for about .8 mile stopping for a break at Ecola Falls.   Then we’ll turn right at the junction to Trail #420 and make our way over to Wahkeena Springs for lunch.  Once fortified and rested we’ll turn back onto Trail 400/420 and then downhill past Fairy Falls to Wahkeena Falls.  There is a half mile, relaxing cool down hike we’ll take back to Multnomah Falls that parallels the Old Columbia River Highway and then head home. 



Mileage: 4.8 mi. Loop
Elevation: approx. 1540 feet gain
Pace: 1.5-2 mph   (approx. 4-5 hours total)
Difficulty Rating: MODERATE to DIFFICULT – (Challenging due to steepness of trail)
Beginners: Adventurous beginners (in good shape), and all other experience levels.

Dogs:  All dogs MUST be on leash, no exceptions.

Weather: Will advise as known





Leave Gateway: 8:15am

Arriv. TH 9:00am
Hike: 9:15am-1:30pm
Leave TH: 2:00pm
Back at Gateway: Approx. 2:45pm



84 East to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil) Follow Hwy. 30 to Multnomah Falls. 

Driving $$: Round-trip mileage is approximately 50 miles from Gateway; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $5. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers if needed. No one will be turned away for inability to contribute. 



10 Essentials:

 (includes compass, whistle, water filtration, extra food, extra clothing, something to start fire, first aid kit, sunglasses/sunscreen)

Waterproof boots  (sturdy, leather boots are suggested)
Rain jacket and pants
gloves, hat, extra pair of socks
warm layers  (NO COTTON ! ) 
lunch and snacks
2 liters of water

Gas Money for the drivers


(Suggested if you have them)

Map of the area
Insulated sit-pad or waterproof plastic bag with extra clothes in it (to take breaks)
Trekking Poles


******** IMPORTANT ********

CARPOOLING: ALL attendees SHOULD come prepared to drive themselves to the  destination and be prepared to meet, ODOT requirements.   Not sure if you’re in compliance? See link to ODOT


RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK;   WE do not deem a driver or vehicle safe.   


PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK;  Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail  but  assume no liability for your safety getting to the trailhead or on the trail. Not familiar with the liability waiver you acknowledged when you joined, check it out here:  http://files.meetup.c...


Pls. NOTE:  There are a lot of people who wind up on the waitlist.  If your plans change and you are unable to make it, please, please be considerate & update your RSVP as soon as you know.


Waiting List Notice: The waiting list is manual for this hike. If a spot opens you will receive an e-mail.  If you don't get a spot, thank you for your interest and we hope to see you on a future event.



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  • Bill K.

    Yet another wonderful day in the beautiful Oregon rain! We hiked, we laughed, we took pictures, we stopped for lunch and still managed a 3.1 mph moving avg. and completed the loop in 2hr. 30 min. Great day !

    April 10, 2011

  • Bill K.

    If this hike description looks very familiar, its because I Wrote it when I lead this same hike for another group. Thanks for reading it all the way through and Welcome to the Northwest Wilderness Group !

    April 7, 2011

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