Stunning waterfalls with a total height of 621 feet (189 m)! It’s the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the second tallest in the United States.
Breathtaking! Multnomah Falls in Oregon is open again and definitely the most stunning waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge. However, it's a tourist trap with massive crowds almost year-round. Spring, summer, and fall bring the most crowds. Especially when the weather is pleasant.
Read our helpful season guide below or jump directly to the tips section:
- Where to Stay and Why
- Hikes at Multnomah Falls
- Multnomah Falls Lodge and Visitor Center
- Must-Know Tips
- From Portland to Multnomah Falls
Special Tip: If you're looking to do more than visiting Multnomah Falls in the Portland region, you'll love this Oregon guidebook: Fodor's Travel Oregon - Portland - Wineries - Waterfalls - Mountains. You'll also find sites in there, you probably couldn't have found without a guide. Now: Let's dive into the top tips before visiting Multnomah Falls:
How to Avoid the Crowds
- Avoid weekends and public holidays: Visit mid-week if your schedule allows it. There are even fewer people when the weather is bad, especially during pouring rain: It's a great experience to hike to the top in quality rain gear. The worst time in terms of crowds are the summer months (June, July, August). However, it usually starts to get extremely busy in spring (March, April, May) and it's still crowded in the fall (September, October). Visit during the week if you can!
- Be there early in the morning: The earlier you get there the better your chances of fewer tourists and getting a space to park. Maybe even right before sunrise, which is beautiful. Check times at Sunrise Sunset Troutdale. If you visit on a weekend be there around 7 a.m.! As of 2019 visitors report that it's already crowded around 9 a.m. and still quiet at 7 in the morning.
- Visit in the winter from November until February: It's usually much less busy. But still, try to be there in the morning to ensure a solitude experience. Winter is also beautiful snow covered. Check the winter photos below. Quote from an employee: ' In winter, I have sat in the visitor information office and not had 4 people all day'. However, that was a while ago. As of 2019 winters became a little busier. Still much less than in the warmer months.
Combine 1) + 2) and it's possible to have the place almost for yourself even during high season. Make sure to hike the very top and not just walk to the bridge like most people. Even better: Hike the Multnomah - Wahkeena Loop (see below) to get away from the crowds at any time.
Highlight (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
Peak flow is in late winter and spring: Higher water levels increase the flow and intensity. In summer months the waterfalls aren't flowing as much. However, it does not dry up as much as other falls. And while there is less flow in the summer, the falls seem higher in the 'dry' season. Less water does emphasize the height of the falls. In the winter months, on the other hand, you can take amazing photos with a gorgeous waterfall covered in snow and ice. To sum it up: Regarding the waterfall itself, there isn't a bad season or month. Every season offers different but equally stunning photo opportunities.
The Annapurna Base Camp is situated 4.130 meters above the sea. Annapurna itself is the 10th highest mountain with an elevation of 8.091 meters.
The best time for trekking in Nepal is usually autumn, because of the weather and the best views, but at the same time, it's the peak season. However, there is a second best season less busy. Read on for more details:
March - May
The second best time for trekking here at Annapurna. April often provides clear blue skies and spectacular views to the snow capped mountains. It's mildly warm, wild flora blooming especially rhododendron but sometimes haze can obscure the mountains in May.
June - August
Heavy rainfall, monsoon season: Some tour operators offer guided trips at this time of the year. It's the low season, few hikers trek here but trails are slippery, leeches are in abundance along the trails. Due to the enormous amount of precipitation, you may be forced to rest for days.
Mid-September - November/Mid-December
Definitely the best time and the most popular trekking season with stunning mountain views, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. The downside is that during peak season, especially in October and November, flights and hotels are sometimes fully booked and rates are the highest. The trails can be busier as well. However, this isn't necessarily the case. Trekkers in October often report that they didn't have any problems getting beds at the guesthouses without reservations.
December - February
Clear skies, but mornings can be foggy. Also, snow is possible at higher altitudes, and it's getting freezing cold at night. Recommended for trekking at lower elevations only. The advantage: More solitude, as only very few others, are on the trails. Anyhow, you need a very good equipment; high fabric winter jacket and sleeping back as well.
Please keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable as the Himalaya creates its own climate, regardless of the season.