Columbia River Gorge


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by wanderer 2005 on June 6, 2008

The waterfalls and trails on this drive are fantastic! Multnomah Falls is AMAZING and Horsetail Falls is a wonder.

The Columbia River Gorge is the only sea-level passage to cross the Cascade Mountains and offers rafting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and river cruises. There are outdoor restroom facilities at most of the stops along the way as well as picnic grounds and bbq grills.

Take a day and drive the gorge. There is so much to see. You’ll have to stop at a few waterfalls, the most amazing is Multnomah, which is 620 feet high and has a bridge that crosses smack dab in the middle of it! The hike to the bridge is easy, but if you want to hike to the top of the falls, it’s a mile long and pretty strenuous, so I suggest it, only if you are an experienced hiker.
At the bottom, there is a restaurant, gift shop, bathrooms and a lodge.

At Horsetail falls, you can hike half a mile to the top and up there is another waterfall called ponytail falls and that trail takes you right behind the falls! VERY COOL! No bathrooms here, though…only picnic tables. The falls gets its name because it looks like a giant, white horse tail.

The history in the gorge is 10,000 years worth, not to mention all the wildlife and species of wildflowers. This is a wonderful drive and is a must see for Oregon. You’re never too old or too young to marvel at the scenery.

I always have snacks and water with me at all times, and this time is no different. The food at the restaurant the Multnomah can be a little pricey, so sandwiches are a great idea, as well as always having enough water. I suggest a roll of toilet paper, just in case the restrooms are out and of course, hand sanitizer.

Enjoy your trip through the gorge...it’s a once in a lifetime experience!
Columbia River Gorge
travel east on highway 84
Portland, Oregon

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