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Multnomah Falls Out-and-Back

  • Length:
    63.6 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Nearby Cities:
    Salem, Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview
  • Region:
    Greater Portland, Mt. Hood / The Gorge, Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, River Views, Urban/Rural Mix

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Directions

These maps and directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results. For travel options, weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941.

Start east on NE Marine Dr 4.1 miles (6671 meters)
Slight left 0.5 miles (786 meters)
Continue straight 0.3 miles (528 meters)
Continue southeast on NE Marine Dr 0.7 miles (1207 meters)
Turn left 0.7 miles (1182 meters)
Continue east on NE Marine Dr 3.4 miles (5444 meters)
Turn right 449 feet (137 meters)
Turn left at NE Blue Lake Rd 0.8 miles (1210 meters)
Slight right onto NW Marine Dr 2 miles (3233 meters)
Turn left onto NW Frontage Rd 0.4 miles (700 meters)
Turn right on NW 257th Ave/NW Graham Rd/Ingraham Rd 0.2 miles (252 meters)
Head south on NW 257th Ave/NW Graham Rd/Ingraham Rd 0.1 miles (185 meters)
Turn left onto W Historic Columbia River Hwy 0.6 miles (1002 meters)
Turn left on E Historic Columbia River Hwy 0.2 miles (310 meters)
Head northeast on E Historic Columbia River Hwy 400 feet (122 meters)
Head northeast on E Crown Point Hwy/Historic Columbia River Hwy 4.2 miles (6732 meters)
Head northeast on E Bell Rd 1.1 miles (1839 meters)
Continue east on Crown Point Hwy/E Historic Columbia River Hwy 2.8 miles (4525 meters)
Continue east on Crown Point Hwy/E Historic Columbia River Hwy 5.2 miles (8327 meters)
Continue southwest on E Historic Columbia River 14.8 miles (23783 meters)
Head west on E Crown Point Hwy/E Historic Columbia River Hwy 1.4 miles (2214 meters)
Continue southwest on E Bell Rd 1.1 miles (1839 meters)
Continue southwest on E Crown Point Hwy/E Historic Columbia River Hwy 2.2 miles (3500 meters)
Turn right onto E Columbia River Hwy/E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Continue to follow E Historic Columbia River Hwy
2.9 miles (4645 meters)
Turn right onto NW 257th Ave/NW Graham Rd/Ingraham Rd 0.3 miles (548 meters)
Turn left on NW Frontage Rd 72 feet (22 meters)
Continue straight onto NW Frontage Rd 0.4 miles (565 meters)
Turn left onto NE Marine Dr 2 miles (3202 meters)
Turn left on NE 223rd Ave 0.2 miles (343 meters)
Head southeast on NE 223rd Ave 446 feet (136 meters)
Turn left onto NE 223rd Ave 249 feet (76 meters)
Turn left to merge onto NE Marine Dr toward Portland/W Bound 2.3 miles (3633 meters)
Turn right on NE Marine Dr 0.2 miles (322 meters)
Slight right at NE Marine Dr 2.4 miles (3828 meters)
Continue northwest on NE Marine Dr 0.8 miles (1216 meters)

This is a signature ride for locals and visitors, showing off stunning views of the Columbia Gorge as well as sublime sections along the Sandy River and, of course, the centerpiece of Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s most-visited natural site.

The ride as mapped starts at the parking area for the Marine Drive bike path; while the ride along Marine Drive (taking the road is easier for experienced riders) is pretty, it’s flat, can be windy and adds quite a few miles, so some people prefer to start this ride closer to the action, so to speak. A good place is in downtown Troutdale (a neat old-school street full of shops and restaurants) or at Lewis & Clark State Park just off I-84 one exit past Troutdale.

Highlights along the way include downtown Troutdale, the Sandy River, the Women’s Forum viewpoint (stop for the first breathtaking view of the Gorge) and the historic Crown Point Vista House. The climb up from the Sandy is long and steady; coming back up to Crown Point on the return is a steep 2 or 3 miles. You can get food and drink and use the restrooms at Multnomah Falls.

This ride is best done earlier in the morning on weekends, before the tourist-vehicle traffic gets going. There are sections with little or no shoulder; play nice and share the road. (And if you’re a good descender, wait for a gap in vehicles leaving Crown Point toward the falls; otherwise you’ll get stuck going 15 mph behind an RV or car.)

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light to moderate, depending on season, day and time

Seasons: All

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Comments

  1. Phenomenally, outrageously beautiful. In the rain. In the sun. Any time!

  2. I’ll often start this from The Edgefield. Plenty of parking, and beer for desert! About 40 miles, out & back from there.

  3. There is a beautiful lodge and good eats at the restaurant. Ask the ranger to tell you a story, it is usually a good one.

  4. Started this one from my house, near the Johnson Creek section of Springwater. Took Springwater to the Gresham/Fairview trail, and that to Stark. Was trying to get all the way to the falls, but inexplicably the road from Crown Point to the falls was closed on the day I made the ride. Some sections of Hwy 30 (close to Vista House) were a little harrowing for this relatively new road cyclist, but a really beautiful ride. I came home via Marine Drive to 205 trail S.

  5. Best ride ever!

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