Don Smith

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge

On my recent Oregon trip, I was fortunate to have an afternoon to photograph (4) waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. The most iconic is Multnomah. These falls (upper and lower) reminded me of Yosemite Falls. As I neared the base of lower falls, I could feel the power of the water and had to constantly wipe-down my lens from all the mist. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual 9 foot drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls, and by the United States Forest Service, as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.

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