The Missoula floods carved out the geology of the Columbia Gorge about 15,000 years ago from the last ice age. As a glacier melted that held back the ancient Glacial Lake Missoula, that reached a size of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined and reaching a depth of 2,000 ft, and as it melted and burst it sent an ocean of water down Washington and Oregon, carving out the Gorge as we know it. The sheer pressure and amount of water volume produced a 40mph water flow that travelled 430 miles to the Pacific Ocean.
Hood River is one of the most charming towns you will ever visit. Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River, world famous for windsurfing, with a volcano snow capped Mt. Hood in the background, at times you have to pinch yourself to remind oneself it's not a dream. Home to numerous restaurants, 5 acclaimed breweries, and 25 Vineyards nearby make this an ideal destination to pair with your Multnomah Falls experience.
There are a number of ideal options deciding where to stay. Downtown Portland is by far the most popular destination with many upscale hotels to choose from. However, the Columbia Gorge also boasts many unique lodging experiences right in the heart of the landscape. Click Here to view all the Hotels and Lodging options nearby.