Multnomah County, Oregon, United States
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This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
HISTORY AND NAMES
- Multnomah Falls is the Official name of this waterfall
The first whites to see Multnomah Falls were those among the Lewis and Clark expedition as they floated down the Columbia River. It isn't known exactly who named the falls, but the name has been in use since at least 1860, and according to "Oregon Geographic Names" its theorized that one S.G. Reed may have named the falls to popularize it as an attraction on Steamboat tours of the Columbia Gorge.
Location and directions
Drive east from Portland on I-84 to the Multnomah Falls exit (Exit 31) and proceed under the highway to the lodge and falls, or take the Scenic Highway from Troutdale, and proceed 1/2 mile east from Wahkeena Falls to the parking area. The falls are signed profusely so you shouldn't have any trouble locating it.
|Multnomah Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.|
Additional Nearby Waterfalls
|Name of Waterfall||Distance|
|Shady Creek Falls||0.15 mi / 0.24 km|
|Dutchman Falls||0.29 mi / 0.46 km|
|Wiesendanger Falls||0.36 mi / 0.58 km|
|Ecola Falls||0.39 mi / 0.63 km|
|Little Necktie Falls||0.59 mi / 0.95 km|
|Fairy Falls||0.6 mi / 0.95 km|
|Wahkeena Falls||0.6 mi / 0.96 km|
|Mist Falls||0.86 mi / 1.37 km|
|Dalton Falls||1.04 mi / 1.66 km|
|Waespe Falls||1.73 mi / 2.78 km|
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You'll need a wide angle lens to get the whole falls in one shot. Otherwise, anything works well. Slow shutter speeds are nice in the summer, but be sure to set it long enough to blur the upper tier (maybe around 3 seconds). A green filter would bring out the moss around the falls. The overlooks have recently been rebuilt, so a wide angle lens is more necessary when shooting from the base of the falls (28mm at least).
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