Thinking of visiting Multnomah Falls this Summer? Read this first.

Thinking of visiting Multnomah Falls this Summer? Read this first. Main Photo

3 May 2024


Of all the natural wonders found throughout the Pacific Northwest, perhaps none is as awe-inspiring as Multnomah Falls. Featuring two tiers that cascade down ancient, soaring basalt cliffs, it’s no wonder that the 620-foot high 

But with that beauty and popularity, comes a downside: traffic and congestion during the summer months. In order to ease congestion in the area around the falls, the U.S. Forest Service is reinstating its timed-use permit system for personal vehicles accessing the parking lot at Exit 31 between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. 

Whether you are looking to drive, bike, or take a shuttle or transit to visit the falls, rule changes and options have proven to be confusing for visitors – and even locals – recently. Fortunately, Explore Troutdale is here with all of the answers your questions!

Our guide to visiting Multnomah Falls spells out everything you need to know before taking your trip to the jewel of the Columbia River Gorge.

If you have any questions or are looking for more ideas for your trip, be sure to check in with the knowledgeable staff at the Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center in Troutdale. We’re open 7 days a week, so drop in or give us a call at (503) 491-4000.