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hiking multnomah falls with bridge closed

carrollton, ga
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hiking multnomah falls with bridge closed

We are going to be traveling to Oregon the second week of April and had planned on hiking several areas along the Columbia river gorge. Our original plan was to hike the Multnomah-Wahkenna falls loop and then also hike the horsetail falls trail. With the closure of the Benson Bridge the Horsetail falls-Multnomah falls loop is closed as is the Multnomah-Wahkeena falls loop. From the maps it looks like this is just because there is no way to close the loop without crossing the bridge. We still would like to see the falls however. Is it possible to hike the trails up and back (ie hike to each of the falls and back down) or are the entire trails closed?

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1. Re: hiking multnomah falls with bridge closed

Hmmm... Good question. But the view of the falls is much better from below than from above.

If you want to see some amazing waterfalls, consider Silver Creek Falls. It is stunning and there are several falls where you can walk behind them along the path. I just hiked the loop yesterday and there was a LOT of water falling! Spring is a great time for this hike.

If you want to stick with The Gorge, you may want to consider Hamilton Mt. on the Washington side. From the top you will have great views of Mt Hood, Mt Adams and St Helens. It is a really nice hike. Or for a real calf burner and knee killer, give Dog Mt a try. It is steep and I don't' hike it much anymore because it hurts my knees so bad coming down. The view is beautiful from the top, though!

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2. Re: hiking multnomah falls with bridge closed


Unfortunately there is usually a closed trail due to equipment and personnel using the trail. The danger of having a damaged bridge is significant.

Wahkeena comes from the back side past Fairy Falls to an overlook at Multnomah but you would have to retrace your steps after. You could not continue down to the Benson Bridge which is half way up the Multnomah trail. Both Horsetail and Triple Falls are open as well according to a friend who is one of the seasonal camper volunteers nearby.

You have lots of options for hiking. I suggest you look at www.nwhiker.com and see if any other hikes catch your eye.

Stop in at the Visitor Information Center at Multnomah. The volunteers there are knowledgeable and friendly.

They are shooting for June 1 opening to the MF trail. But you know how that works.



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