Historic Columbia River Highway




Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Loop


NOTE: The following two books are highly recommended for anyone interested in hiking in the Columbia River Gorge: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge and 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon I personally own both and consider them indispensible for hiking the Columbia River Gorge.

Map of Wahkeena and Multnomah Falls Loop

Length: 7 miles
Trail Uses: Hiking
Facilities available: Parking and Picnicing at Larch Mountain Picnic Grounds, Parking, Restrooms, Picnicing, Drinking Water, Restautant, Gift Shop at Multnomah Falls.
Season of Use: May to October (higher elevations) Year-round (lower elevations)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation: 3256 feet
Visitor Use: Medium

Northwest Forest Pass Required

Access: Eastbound I-84 – Take the Bridal Veil exit # 28. Follow the historic highway 3.2 miles east to Multnomah Falls.
East or westbound I-84 – Take Multnomah Falls parking exit # 31 and walk through the pedestrian underpass.
To Larch Mountain Picnic Grounds: I-84 – Take Corbett exit # 22. Drive up Corbett Hill and turn left onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. Continue 5 miles to the Larch Mountain Road turnoff on the right. Follow this road for 14 miles to Larch Mountain picnic grounds, where the upper trailhead is located.

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Description: You can begin your hike from either end of the Larch Mountain Trail, depending on whether you wish to hike uphill or downhill. Beginning at Multnomah Falls, the first mile is paved and heavily used. From that point, the unpaved trail climbs through aging forest and passes several waterfalls along Multnomah Creek. The upper portion of the trail becomes more rocky as you near the picnic grounds. Refer to a good trail map to explore loop-trip possibilities on Trails # 420, 421, 442, 424, 427, 444 and 446.

Features: A network of hiking trails featuring some of the best waterfalls and most scenic views in the gorge.

Excellent Guides to Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge