Sunday, February 20, 2011

On a nature trail, Multnomah Falls

thesundaytimes, Feburary 20, 2011, Go, Page 11
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PHOTO: The lower falls and part of the upper falls of Multnomah Falls. David Benbennick took this photo on April 25, 2006 at 12:44 local time.

Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m).

Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls as the third tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.

PHOTO: The Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls is a recognized piece of Oregon history. (Steve Hart)

A foot trail leads to Benson Footbridge, a 45-foot (14 m)-long footbridge that allows visitors to cross 105 feet (32 m) above the lower cascade. The footbridge is named after Simon Benson, who had the bridge built in 1914.

The trail continues to a platform at the top of the upper falls, the Larch Mountain Lookout, where visitors get a bird's-eye view of the Columbia Gorge and also of "Little Multnomah", a small cascade slightly upstream from the "upper" falls, which is not visible from ground level.

PHOTO: Viewpoint at the top of the falls (Steve Hart)

The Multnomah area is also reachable via a stretch of I-84 east of Troutdale, Oregon.

The rest area and tunnel under the road allow Interstate travelers from either direction to stop and visit the falls.

PHOTO: Multnomah Falls Lodge and Footpath