Love to cross that bridge!!!!
Growing up in Portland, my family spent a lot of time venturing around the Columbia Gorge, appreciating its scenic beauty. Amid its magnificence, Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon and second tallest year-round waterfall in the nation, cascades a combined drop of 620 feet. The experience and journey getting there are well worth a short day trip from Portland. Heading east, there are two ways to access the falls: directly from Interstate 84 or from the Historic Columbia River Highway.
From the base, a 1/4-mile trail leads to the Benson Footbridge and crosses the 69-foot drop of the lower falls beyond the upper cascade pool. The building of the bridge was commissioned in 1914 by Simon Benson, an entrepreneur who then donated this land to the City of Portland.
The geology of five flows of basalt, exposed by erosion from ice age-old floods, is seen in the face of the upper falls:
We continued along the trail…
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