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Columbia River Highway and Multnomah Falls Access is Easy with the Gorge Trolley Service

Jul 15, 2021 11:24PM ● By Bridge Of The Gods
Multnomah Falls (in autumn) from the handy dandy entrance sign - photo cc Ariel Bravy

Multnomah Falls (in autumn) from the handy dandy entrance sign - photo cc Ariel Bravy

Multnomah Falls is Oregon's most-visited site. Its popularty often results in crowded roadsides and a lack of nearby parking. To address the parking and the crowds, the US Forest Service requires one-hour timed reservation tickets to visit Multnomah Falls between the hours of 9 am to 6 pm during peak tourist season (mid-to-late July through late September.) The reservation requirement applies to all visitors including bicyclists who may want to stop at the falls en route.

Tickets are free and easy to reserve online, however, there is a $1 reservation fee. A reservation doesn't guarantee a parking spot, but that can be overcome by taking advantage of the waterfall trolley. The Gorge Trolley service has an online schedule and tickets can be purchased online. The all-day pass is $19 for adults $10 for youth 6-12, Children 5 and under are free (in 2021.)  A total of nine stops are included in the route: Corbett, Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Angels Rest, Wahkeena Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Ainsworth. 

The fleet of twelve Grayline of Portland trolleys are built and refurbished in Medford, Oregon. They are modeled after old San Francisco streetcars. Each trolley can alleviate the equivalent traffic of 10 cars. The shuttle method is a great choice for hikers who can get on or off at any of the stops between Corbett and Ainsworth. It also offers sightseers the opportunity to concentrate on the scenery and leave the driving to someone else. 


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