“A run to see five waterfalls starting at the largest and ending with the second largest.”
— Matthew King
A gorgeous and moderate 5-mile, 5 waterfall run!
Need to Know
The smell of cinnamon buns at the visitor center will entice you! These make an excellent post-run treat, but they go fast which necessitates an early morning.
The route starts at the base of the largest waterfall, Multnomah Falls. From there, you'll make your way across the bridge and start the journey up. You'll begin a 1-mile climb, moving through 11 tough, steep switchbacks that lead to the top of Multnomah Falls using the Larch Mountain Trail #441
At the top of the main falls, continue along the marked trail which runs alongside the gorgeous, lush, Degobah-esque Multnomah Creek, over a beautiful stone bridge, and past the second waterfall, Dutchman Falls, around the 1.75 mile mark. At the 2 mile mark, you can explore the third waterfall, Wiesendanger Falls.
Continue the trail through a steeper section and continue the climb by taking the Wahkeena Trail #420
through some forested areas. At the 3-mile mark, start your descent by continuing on the Wahkeena Trail #420
which zig-zags over Wahkeena Creek. An alternate route could be Vista Point Trail
which meets up with Wahkeena Trail #420
near the aptly name Fairy Falls, the fourth waterfall.
Continue the descent and end the your run at the second largest falls, Wahkeena Falls.