Oregon’s tallest waterfall, Multnomah Falls, is just a 30-minute drive from Portland. Start your hike at Multnomah Falls Lodge, a historic building that dates back to 1925, and make your way to the first viewpoint of the falls. It’s arguably the best view in the national scenic area. The tiered plume of water cascades over a section of the Columbia River Gorge from an impressive height of 627 feet. Continue up to Benson Bridge to see sections of the falls above and below the bridge, and glance to the west for a view of Shady Creek Falls in the distance. From here, the trail takes a steeper incline before it reaches Multnomah Falls Upper Viewpoint and the dizzying sight of the crashing water below.
Multnomah Falls is rated as moderately difficult. There are two million human visitors (and thousands of doggy tourists) annually, so expect crowds when you visit. The best time of year to visit is from April to October. Stay among the lush evergreen forests of Oregon’s high country by booking a pet-friendly room at Mount Hood Oregon Resort.