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