Tree Removal To Close Multnomah Falls Viewing Platform

posted by Brad Ford - 

Next week, arborists will remove hazard trees from the slopes around Multnomah Falls, leading to a one-day closure of the lower viewing platform and trail to Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls.

The work is planned for Tuesday, September 25. Arborists will start around 8 a.m. and may need to work until sunset. In case of inclement weather, the closure could be postponed until Wednesday, September 26. 

Multnomah Falls Lodge – including the restaurant, gift shop, and information center – will remain open through the hazard tree operations. 

Visitors should be aware that opportunities to get scenic photographs of the falls will be limited during the time that the platform and trail are closed. 

Next week’s work will focus on several problematic trees in the vicinity of Benson Bridge as part of a broader effort to remove trees burned or damaged during the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. To protect recreational facilities and improve public safety, firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service have already cleared many of the trees that pose a potential risk of decaying and falling. Due to the amphitheater-shaped slopes that surround Multnomah Falls, there may be future short-term closures to protect the public while tree removal is underway.

Visitors are welcome to call the U.S. Forest Service Information Center at Multnomah Falls Lodge at (503) 695-2372 before heading out, to check the current status of the lower viewing platform. 

Source: U.S. Forest Service

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