Roni: I have to be completely honest. I never even heard of Multnomah Falls. Growing on the East coast my knowledge of the Pacific Northwest is pretty limited but I must say, now that I’ve visited twice. I’ve fallen in love.
Jen: I actually googled places to see in Portland before we left and this was in my top 10. I wanted to do something “OREGON” and this did not disappoint. I must say Portland is now my favorite undiscovered city.
Roni: In about 30 minutes we arrived, parked and started to stroll toward the falls. I smiled at the kids playing in the crystal clear mountain water.
It was inviting!
Roni: Jen couldn’t get over it.
Jen: I really couldn’t. I just stood on the bridge and stared. Honestly, I was thinking how nice it would have been to swim. It was 94 in Portland that day. I was HOT.
Roni: Swimming would have been amazing but we were where there with my mom and our friends April and Bill. Next time we’ll know and be prepared!
Jen: Love them!
Roni: I know! We always have a great time together.
The falls are impressive and more so the closer you get. I don’t remember it being too loud like Niagara but the sheer height has you in awe.
Jen: It was not loud at all. My favorite part was getting out of the car smelling the pine.
Roni: There were 4 trails up the mountain to explore the area around the falls.
Roni: If I had more time I would have gone Larch all the way but with time constraints and varying fitness levels we settled to just see the top of the falls.
Jen: Are you serious Roni? When I first saw it was 1 mile up I wasn’t worried. I walk more than that in one day. I walked about 10 just during the Fitbloggin’ conference! But when we started waking the trail, it was straight up. STRAIGHT UP! I was exhausted within 15 minutes. The heat didn’t help and I was dressed to walk (not hike.) And did I mention I was tired?
Roni: Of course I’m serious! I would have done it in a heartbeat! The views on the walk were phenomenal and, at first, brought you closer and closer to the water.
Jen: I did love the views. There were lots of people and dogs walking the trails. It was a tight fit and without railings you have to pay attention. It’s a long way down.
Roni: You’re just like The Husband, always worrying. :) I loved that they didn’t hold your hand on the way up. I also loved the little nooks along the way. They made great photo spots.
Jen: I remember. At this point we had been hiking about 1/4 of a mile and it was tough. I already drank all my water and my legs were DONE. I was determined to go as far as I could because Roni’s mom was ahead of me! Always the friend, Roni did the mountain at my pace even though I knew she could have ran it.
Roni: Oh I’m not sure about running it! That would have been a challenge. We caught up with Mom and she really started to have a hard time with the hike so we decided to take a break.
Jen: Not only mom. Me too! By the way I love that photo!
Roni: After a bit more hiking I pulled ahead and decided to leave them to relax.
Jen: Thank goodness Mom was there with me. We were both spent and decided to rest. We sat for a few minutes and then started hiking our way down the mountain.
Roni: After about another quarter mile I hit a fork. Boy I wish I had more time, I would have loved to hike another 6.
Jen: Seriously? You could have, I was perfectly fine browsing the gift shop for my pin and sipping on some cool water.
Roni: Seriously! But we weren’t prepared to spend the day there. I made it to the observation deck over the falls and I must say I was a little disappointed. It was small and I found the view from the bottom looking up much more inspiring. I did hang my camera over the edge and loved that I could see the bridge we crossed earlier.
Roni: I strolled back down the mountain taking in the sites. If you visit, don’t forget to look up. The sun coming through the trees is simply gorgeous.
Roni: I met up with Mom at the bottom and she was all excited they had a “Veronica” in the gift shop. Apparently when I was little she could never find it so she had to buy it. :)
Multnomah Falls is a great excursion if you are visiting the Portland area. There’s a snack shop and gift shop at the bottom and 7 miles of trails ready for you to explore!