On August 11, the United States Forest Service and Multnomah Falls Co., Inc. announced the limited reopening of Multnomah Falls and the Historic Lodge. Before you hit the road to visit one of the most popular destinations near Portland, make sure you read through these new protocols that have been put in place to keep visitors safe.
Multnomah Falls reopening will take place in two phases. The first phase, which started on August 11, will be on a first come, first served basis. Guests will assemble in a socially distanced queuing area while waiting to enter the site. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the next two to three weeks, phase 2 will be implemented. This will include a ticketing system that will allow you to reserve your visit time. A limited number of tickets will be available on an hourly basis and will need to be reserved at least a day in advance of your visit.
There is no indication that it will cost anything to reserve your spot, but I will continue looking for updates on the ticketing system.
Face masks will be required. You’ll also be asked to maintain six feet of distance from people outside your household.
While the viewing area, lodge and visitor center will be open, Benson Bridge (the foot bridge between the cascades of Multnomah Falls) as well as the trail to the top of the falls and the loop trail to Wahkeena Falls will remain closed.
The parking lot accessible via I-84 is open. Spaces are limited and the crossing arms will close entrance to the lot when the 186 spaces are filled.
If you’re interested in doing a quick drive by viewing of Multnomah Falls, the Historic Columbia River Highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth is now open. The road will be open for driving, but parking will not be available along the Historic Highway by Multnomah Falls.
For the latest information on the reopening, visit the Multnomah Falls website.
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