The waterfall corridor between Troutdale and Ainsworth State Park is 20 miles of gorgeous sites and breathtaking hikes (many trails head straight up hill). This year cars are required to have a permit to visit Multnomah Falls or to enter the historic highway between Vista House and Ainsworth.
Transit and other car-free options are great ways to avoid the permits.
With over 2 million visitors a year, Multnomah Falls is one of the most popular places to visit in Oregon and is the regal star of the waterfalls.
Get there by simply taking the Columbia Gorge Express to the Multnomah Falls stop. Just 20 minutes from Gateway station in Portland.
Once there you can access several trails for short or long hikes.
Or grab lunch or snacks at the Lodge restaurant.
When you are ready to go, hop on the next bus back to Portland or continue on to Cascade Locks, Hood River or other parts of the Gorge.
Transfer to shuttles for more falls
From Multnomah Falls you are able to buy tickets for two different private shuttle services who travel the historic highway, stopping at the other waterfalls.
Waterfall Trolly costs $20 Adults (13+) / $10 Youth (6 -12) / Free for 5 & under. Hop on and off at 10 different stops.
Sasquatch Shuttle costs $10 /Free for 3 & under. Hop on or off at 8 different stops – shuttles arriving every 40 mins.
GO GORGE GUIDED
Another great way to extend your trip is to connect with one of the tour operators or guides in the region to take you off the beaten path. Click here for a list of guides in the area by experience type.