Here are our FAQs for the 2021 Season. Feel free to contact us with any other questions.
- Q: We have Forest Service reservations to see Multnomah Falls, doesn’t that include a parking spot reservation?
A: No, it does not. If you drive to Multnomah Falls, parking will be difficult if not impossible to find. See questions 2 and 3 for a better explanation. At best you have a 20% chance of getting a parking spot. During peak hours the probability is much lower. An all day pass on the Waterfall Trolley gets you a parking spot in Corbett and reservation to get in to see Multnomah Falls.
2. Q: Where am I going to park?
A: There are 186 parking spaces in the I-84 lot between the east and westbound lanes. There are 54 parking spaces on the Historic Highway in front of Multnomah Falls Lodge. These 240 spaces fill up by 9am if not sooner. At the freeway lot there are gates that are closed when the lot is full. Traffic in front of Multnomah Falls Lodge can back up for 20 minutes as people try to turn into the lot with 54 spots. The best way to avoid the parking hassles that are now part of a trip to Multnomah Falls and/or the waterfall corridor is to exit I-84 at Exit 22. Turn south and proceed uphill to the town of Corbett, 1.5 miles away. Bear left at the top of the hill and drive a quarter of a mile to our parking lot across from the Fire Station. At our parking lot you will find free parking with the purchase of Waterfall Trolley ticket(s). The Waterfall Trolley provides you with an opportunity to see the sites, hike the trails and view the scenery without worrying about parking.
3. Q: How bad is the parking situation?
A: For you statisticians out there, the Forest Service allows 600 reservations per hour. If the arrivals are spread evenly throughout the day (which they are not) that allows for 5,400 hundred guests per day. If the average car carries 2 guests and they spend an average of two hours at Multnomah and leave (which does not necessarily happen as many would be on an all day hike) there are 240 parking places for 600 cars or 40% of what is needed, split between 2 lots that are separated by an 8+ mile drive but only a 5 minute walk. In reality, because of the all day users, you have a no greater than a 1 in 5 chance (or 20%) or less of securing a parking spot.
4. Q: Can I just get a ride to Multnomah Falls?
A: Yes, you can ride the trolley just to the Multnomah Falls from any of our stops and back with the purchase of an all day hop-on hop-off pass on the trolley for $19 adult, $10 youth (6-12).
5. Q: Can I just buy the trolley ticket when I get to Multnomah Falls?
A: Yes you can, if you are one of the lucky ones to get a rare available parking space or if you arrive on public transit. The Waterfall Trolley driver can sell you tickets at any stop if you have cash; they cannot process credit cards. If you need to use a credit card please visit our sales booth in Corbett or, if you have a US Forest Service Reservation, the Multnomah Falls Gift Shop. The advantage of buying a Waterfall Trolley ticket online in advance is that you are assured a parking spot in Corbett, a seat on the trolley when it leaves Corbett and your ticket includes the reservation with the US Forest Service to see Multnomah Falls.
6. Q. How long does it take to get to Multnomah Falls?
A: If you begin at our parking lot in Corbett it takes 33 minutes for the trolley to take the scenic highway to Multnomah Falls, seeing an additional two waterfalls enroute, eastbound.
7. Q: How long is the trolley ride?
A: If you do not get off the trolley it takes 1-1/2 hours to do the round trip, actually 94 minutes to be exact. The all day pass entitles to get on and off the trolley to sightsee or hike.
8. Q: Do the trolleys stop in the same location every time?
A: Yes, if going in the same direction. The eastbound stops are all on the south side of the road. The Westbound stops are all on the north side of the road (river side) and sometimes as far as 200 feet away from the eastbound stops. Look for the “Shuttle Loading” paint on the pavement and/or the green “Board Here “signs.
9. Q: Really, this sounds a little ridiculous, are the Falls and the Waterfall Corridor that busy?
A: Yes, Multnomah Falls is visited by 2.5 million guests per year. That’s no typo; you read it right 2,500,000 people visit the Falls each year. That is part of the reason the Forest Service instituted a reservation system to view the Falls. Your reservation to see Multnomah Falls does not include a parking space at the Falls. Save the hassle and book tickets on the Waterfall Trolley and your arrival and US Forest Service reservation is taken care of.
10. Q: I am concerned that my ticket/sticker will fall off, what will happen?
A: If you are wearing outer clothes that the sticker will not adhere to well, you may get into Multnomah Falls and onboard the trolley by showing your sticker stuck to a phone or other hard surface. In wet conditions you can show your ticket to the driver and the Multnomah Lodge entry booth on the paper backing it is given to you on. This takes more time and causes more questions but if there is no alternative, holding it up works.
11. Q: What are the restroom facilities at the various stops?
A: Here are the facilities at each of our stops
Stop 1 – Corbett: Porta Potty, no running water but hand sanitizer is available
Stop 2 – Crown Point: full bathroom facilities, volunteer staffed
Stop 3 – Latourell Falls: enclosed toilets, no running water
Stop 4 – Bridal Veil Falls: full bathroom facilities
Stop 5 – Angels Rest: no bathroom facilities
Stop 6 – Wahkeena Falls: enclosed toilets, running water
Stop 7 – Multnomah Falls: full bathroom facilities
Stop 8 – Horsetail Falls: no bathroom facilities
12. Q: What are the food facilities at the stops?
A: Here are the Waterfall Trolley stops with food facilities:
Stop 1 – Corbett: The Corbett Country Market, with a good selection of snack and lunch food items. It is located 150 feet from our loading area.
Stop 2 – Crown Point: Vista House – In the basement there is a coffee bar with snacks. It is open 10 to 3 on Thursdays through Saturdays. Volunteer run so may not be open on a particular day.
Stop 7 – Multnomah Falls: Full restaurant and outdoor snack bar facilities.
13. Q: What waterfalls are visible without getting off the trolley?
A: Here are the waterfalls visible from the trolley:
Stop 3 – Latourell Falls
Stop 4 – Bridal Veil – westbound only
Stop 6 – Wahkeena Falls – partial view
Stop 7 – Multnomah Falls
Stop 8 – Horsetail Falls
Enroute – Sheppard’s Dell – westbound only
14. Q: How long is the hike to get a view or picture of each waterfall?
A: Here are the hike times to view each waterfall:
Stop 3 – Latourell Falls: 2 to 7 minutes from 2 different view points
Stop 4 – Bridal Veil Falls: 10 to 15 minutes
Stop 5 – Angels Rest: To Coopey Falls – 25 to 30 minutes
Stop 6 – Wahkeena Falls: 20 minutes to bridge at base of Upper Wahkeena Falls
Stop 7 – Multnomah Falls: 3 minutes to view base of lower and upper falls. 10 to 15 minutes to Benson Bridge to base of upper falls
Stop 8 – Horsetail Falls: 1 minute
Other falls require short to long hikes. Please refer to our Trail Guide or US Forest Service trail maps at trail heads.
15. Q. Are strollers allowed on the trolley?
A: Yes strollers are allowed. We generally fold them up and store the in the back near where ADA guests are accommodated.
16. Q: What are the picnic facilities at the various Stops?
A: There are picnic tables at Stop 3 Latourell Falls (upper and lower areas), Stop 4 Bridal Veil Falls, and Stop 6 Wahkeena Falls.
17. Q: What are the Waterfall Trolleys and its stops accessibility limitations?
A: Gray Line Oregon and its Waterfall Trolley service work to ensure our services in the Columbia River Gorge offer equal access to all individuals regardless of their abilities. We treat all of our guests with the same dignity. Each of our trolleys is wheelchair lift equipped and has the capacity for two wheelchairs. Please give us 24 hours notice when requiring wheelchair space. The historic highway was designed well before ADA accessibility was considered and thus many of the stops are not designed for wheelchair access. The accessibility of our stops varies greatly on this US Forest land designated as a National Scenic Area. For the best information as to the accessibility of the various stops see these websites:
Our parking lot is gravel but generally level and is able to accommodate the loading of ADA guests
Crown Point – Vista House:
Latourell Falls and Guy W. Talbot State Park (Latourell Falls Trailhead):
Bridal Veil Falls:
Angel’s Rest (unpaved trail with 10-15% average trail grade):
Horsetail Falls (parking area accessible, trail is unpaved and steep):
18. Q: We want to ride the Waterfall Trolley but are in downtown Portland and have a car, how do we get there?
A: Find your way to I-84 Eastbound. Stay to the left as the freeway splits several times leaving Portland, and follow the signs to Cascade Locks. Get off at Exit 22, Corbett, approximately 22 miles east of downtown. Turn right at the top of the off ramp and follow the signs to Vista House. At the top of the 1.5 mile hill continue to follow the signs to Vista House and bear left at the uphill Y. We are a quarter of a mile east on the historic highway, two lots beyond the Corbett Country Market and across the street from the fire department. Look for the green trolley sales booth just off the highway on the left.
19. Q: We want to ride the Waterfall Trolley but are in downtown Portland and do not have a car, how do we get there?
A: Board a TriMet MAX RED Line Train heading to the Airport. Get off at the Gateway Transit Center. Catch a Columbia Gorge Express bus operated by Columbia Area Transit (CAT) to Hood River/Multnomah Falls. Get off at Multnomah Falls and exchange your online voucher for a ticket (or buy a ticket) at the Multnomah Falls Lodge Gift Shop. The current CAT schedule to Multnomah Falls/Hood River is at https://www.ridecatbus.org/columbia-gorge-express/