Magnitude:

63

 Abs Mag:

72

 Beisel Rating:

3.4 (Class 4)

 Height:

635 feet

 Tallest Drop:

542 feet

 # of Drops:

4

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Multnomah Creek

 Latitude:

45.5759

 Longitude:

122.1155

 Maps:

USGS Multnomah Falls 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

67 D8

 

 

The falls from the base, click to enlarge

The falls from the Benson bridge, click to enlarge

The upper tier from the footbridge, click to enlarge

The large boulder at the base of the upper drop, click to enlarge

The lower tier and footbridge, click to enlarge

The lower tier from the side, click to enlarge

A postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

A postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

A postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Columbia River Gorge , Multnomah County, OR , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls from the base

 

Details:

Multnomah Falls is a spectacular 600'+ drop. Even the bridge is scenic. Needless to say, after years of slogging around the northeast part of the United States, monster waterfalls like this are beyond compare. Multnomah Falls makes a clear leap of 542 feet followed closely by a 69 foot leap to the base of the falls. Math would suggest 611 feet, but there is a short cascade beneath the two tiers, and another 10 foot tier just above. 611 feet or 635 feet makes little difference...it's VERY impressive. In 2010, I spent a wonderful hour sipping a cold soda watching the cliff aglow from the light of the setting sun. Believe me, it was a pretty fine way to spend the afternoon.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

This waterfall offers multiple faces depending on where you are shooting from. Spend a little time walking around the area looking for angles, there are plenty of them. You'll want a polarizer, a tripod, and a warming filter is a matter of personal taste. I prefer not to reduce the greens here. You'll need a fairly wide range of focal lengths as well. From the base, you'll need a fairly wide angle to capture the falls from top to bottom. I use a 28-300mm zoom. The falls face north and the exposure is wide open. Overcast days are going to be ideal here, the sun, especially when setting could create big shadows to the right of the falls. Sweet light would be interesting here too.

 

Directions:

From Portland, take I 84 east to exit 31. The falls are well signed, you can't miss it.