Friday, June 21, 2019

Multnomah Falls

We drove to Portland on Father's Day.  The following day, we visited the Rose City Cemetery where two of my great grandparents are buried. A great uncle is also there.

The next day we took a spectacular hike on the trail to the top of Multnomah Falls above the Columbia River.  We have been in this area before but never stopped to see any of the scenic falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

This was our first view of the falls.  Notice that there are no people visible in front of us.

As we got closer, there were a few visitors.  The falls are high and stunning. The upper falls are 542 feet long; the lower falls descend 69 feet.

As you hike to the top, there is a bridge that crosses between the upper and lower falls.

Here is the upper falls.

And the lower falls.

In 2017 a massive wildfire, named the Eagle Creek fire, raged in the forest surround Multnomah Falls.  As we hike, we could see evidence of the fire.

The falls are a major tourist attraction.  In this photo you can see two parking lots for visitors, the closer lot is off of Historic Highway 30, the distant one off I-84.

As we came down the trail we encountered crowds of visitors.  We had started our hike up about 9 am.  This is what we saw about an hour later.

As we traveled around Oregon we saw lots of red-leafed plants.  They provide a good contrast to the lush green foliage in the area.

We were glad we took the time to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge. We even stopped to see another falls, Latourell Falls.

Vista House at Crown Point sits at a location with great views of the river gorge.

This is what we saw from the view point.

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