If you love waterfalls, then this hike is for you! There are officially 8 named waterfalls but the numerous little falls that "don't count" as you hike your way up and down Multnomah creek and Wahkeena creek.
For my trip, I started at Multnomah Falls (mainly because there is a bathroom stop there). Multnomah Falls is Oregon's tallest waterfall, falling 620 feet. Only 3 waterfalls in the whole US are taller!
|a snail friend|
|pretty ferny forest, sorry for blurry iPhone picture|
|steep switchbacks. Can you count how many? there are 4.|
Continue down the paved trail to the road. Follow the return trail #442 eastward back to the Multnomah Falls parking lot. This section is next to the Scenic Highway. Do not walk on the road, you will get hit by a RV!
|base of Wahkeena Falls|
To get to the hike, head east on I-84 from Portland. Take exit 31, the Multnomah Falls exit. Do not leave any valuables in your car!
For a more scenic route, I highly recommend taking the historic Columbia River Scenic Highway. Take it at exit 22, Corbett. Travel 3 miles up the hill to the top were the road makes a "Y". Go left and head east on the Scenic Highway. Multnomah Falls is 10 miles East.
To see Wahkeena Springs just come bubbling out from the ground, check out this pretty video!
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