Great Places To Hike Near Portland, Oregon – Multnomah Falls

We are always looking for fun things to do here in Oregon, and luckily we live in one of the most beautiful areas. I can literally surf and snowboard in the same day. With volcanoes to explore, mountains to hike, even tidepools to discover Oregon doesn’t disappoint. Just because there’s a lot to do outdoors in Portland, Oregon doesn’t mean you can find family friends activities near the Portland metro area.

I have been to Multnomah Falls a number of times, yet every time we’ve gone it’s been cold and wet so we never have hiked all the way to the viewpoint at the top of the falls. With the rain fast approaching Oregonians know better than anyone that when it’s sunny, we’re outdoors. There’s no better way to spend time with your family then active outdoors creating family memories.

The hike itself is 1.2 miles up and is a paved concrete trail. Don’t let it fool you, you need a sturdy stroller. We saw several people who left their strollers and carried the child all the way up. The terrain is steep and you’ll want to have water and maybe even a snack for your kiddos. Once up at the viewpoint you can continue on another 5 miles, one day my husband and I will go all the way but if you have older kids it would be a great activity. Tell them to bring their cameras and you’ll have a fun family day out.

Multnomah Falls is free of charge, which makes it an even better family hiking spot near Portland, Oregon. Just check out this video of Multnomah Falls and our hike along the way:


  1. says

    Love the pictures! Makes me want to get out one last time this year. Fall hikes are good, but it has been too wet down here. I don’t think we have been to Multnomah Falls before, but we do know Lane and Douglas County hiking very well. If you ever need info, let me know.

  2. says

    Absolutely beautiful! I know I visited that area when I was 16 or so.
    I also have the ability to hit the surf or the snow in the same day here in CA! This is a great way to get outside and to also share your surroundings with your readers~! Great idea!

  3. says

    Jaime – I grew up in Lake Arrowhead so I know Cali. all too well the snow here is year round though. At least on the mountain it is, thanks for the comment. It was a really fun day out with the family. I am a huge supporter of all things local, it’s not just a fun way to share with my readers but also help local families.

    That’s my goal anyway.

  4. says

    Kaila is a ball of energy and her sister follows suit. I dont think we will have a problem with them not being energetic and active. I guess to add to the list of teaching good habits would be determination to make it to the top. It was a 1.2 mile hike up, with 11 switchbacks, 1 stroller, and 15 month old baby in a Kokopax carrier.

  5. Doreen Riopel says

    I love the pictures. I think it’s great that you bring the little ones.
    It instills a sense of being active. It really looks so beautiful overthere.