Multnomah Falls Trail Run

Multnomah Falls Trail Run


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Sunday, September 24, 2017


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5.9 Mile Race starts at 9:00am



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5.9 Mile Walk starts at 8:00am


 race video





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From Portland on I-84 toward The Dalles, take Bridal Veil Exit #28. Go left at the stop sign, east along the Historic Columbia River Highway toward Multnomah Falls. Reach Wahkeena Falls after about three miles, and turn left into the picnic area to park.

From Hood River and The Dalles, heading west on I-84 toward Portland, take Ainsworth State Park Exit #35. Continue west on the Columbia River Highway for approximately five miles, a half mile beyond Multnomah Falls Lodge to reach Wahkeena Falls.Turn into the picnic area on your right to park.

Map to the Start




X-Doggy Style

Mt Hood Brewing Company

The Race has overall and age-group awards. The Walk has awards for all finishers. You may walk during the Race and run during the Walk.

In addition, the first male and female participants to finish wearing a superhero costume will win craft-brewed prizes.


The Eagle Creek fire was reported Saturday afternoon September 2, 2017, and grew to 3000 acres overnight. By September 5, the fire grew to over 20,000 acres, spread across the Columbia River to Washington state, and caused evacuations in communities that included Cascade Locks and Corbett. By September 8, the fire held at over 33,300 acres, being 7% contained. This includes our race course, the Larch/Wahkeena Trail loop, as well as the entire trail system from east of Eagle Creek to Bridal Veil.

The main concerns for the Forest Service and fire crews are protecting life and property (so far only two houses have burned), along with protecting historic buildings and public utilities, in addition to the entire Bull Run watershed just south of the fire that supplies the Greater Portland Area with pristine drinking water.

I-84 is currently closed from Troutdale to Hood River, and when the fire danger is no longer present, ODOT will remove trees that present a danger of falling or dislodging boulders onto the freeway. The Historic Columbia River Highway, the only access to Wahkeena Trailhead, is closed indefinitely; after the fire danger subsides, the entire highway will need to be cleared of debris before it opens, and only then will we have access to the trail system to access the damage to the course. Our trails may at that time be closed to the public, as debris may have to be removed, bridges may have to be rebuilt, and trees or logs may have to be cleared.

As of today, September 9, we calculate that there will be no way to get access to the trails in time to make an accurate assessment of the course before September 24, 2017, so we're postponing the race until next year, September 30, 2018. Registration has been closed for 2017, but everyone who signed up will receive entry for the Multnomah Falls Trail Run in 2018. We already miss access to the crown jewel of the running community here locally, and will greatly miss the running of the event this year, but we can award everyone who has already signed up with additional entries to the Pine Hollow Half Marathon (or Coyote 4-Mile) June 3, 2018 and the Timberline Mt Run August 12, 2018.

Multnomah Falls, showered in mist, is still intact and green, and the beauty of the other four waterfalls are likely still intact. But there will be much work to do, over the entire trail system along the Columbia River Gorge, over the fall, winter, and spring.


The course starts and finishes at Wahkeena Trailhead, heading out the Return Trail to Multnomah Falls, then up Larch Mt Trail up and around Multnomah Falls. Turning onto Wahkeena Trail, the course runs the length of Vista Trail back down to Wahkeena Trail to complete the loop.

Day-of-race registration (if not sold out) and check-in starts at 7:30am at the Wahkeena Park Shelter, just off Oregon's Historic Columbia River Highway. You'll want to park inside the picnic area, next to the Shelter, and carpooling is encouraged. The post-race award ceremony will also be at the Park Shelter.

The lower sections of the course is paved trail, and the rest is on a range of smooth to technical trail of soft sod, hard-pack dirt, and rock. There are steep inclines, and about 1800 feet of elevation gain. Course Map on trail system

We also have Eric's signature tortilla soup, in chicken and vegetarian.


This course is permitted by USFS and sanctioned by USATF 


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