#36: Hike Multnomah Falls

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

We’ve driven past Multnomah Falls on many occasions, and the kids always say “whoah, can we go there?” and we always say “maybe someday.” Well, someday came early this year.

[As a side note, our original plans to complete this item were sabotaged by a big rock.]


We met up with the Jenson grandparents, who were going on a much longer hike than we were. We prepared with warm layers and rain shells; they had food and water for two days.


It was a cold day, but not unbearable. The climb helped us warm up, but we all got out of the spray as quickly as we could.

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On the way up, Dorothy and Ken related the tale of when Becky and her brothers variously fell, slid, and climbed into trouble one snowy day in the 80s. In hindsight this story is hilarious; at the time, I’m sure it was terrifying.

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We made it the full 1.2 uphill miles, past all 11 switchbacks, and reached the top! I had to hold the camera over a frightening drop to capture what the view really looks like.

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This is a classic hike that all Portlanders who hike should hike, probably more than once. If our 6- and 8-year-olds can do it, so can you!

One thought on “#36: Hike Multnomah Falls

  1. And after you left we drove a little further and hiked about 5 miles on the Eagle Creek Trail…The water and food were nice to have along. Former scout leaders generally like to “be prepared”. 🙂

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