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Site closed while crews break up a rock overhanging the cliffs above trail leading to the upper falls.

The lower viewing platform at Multnomah Falls will be closed from at least Monday, May 13, to Wednesday, May 15, while crews break up a rock overhanging the cliffs above a trail that leads to the upper falls.

The hazards posed by the rock were discovered on Friday, April 5, after approximately a cubic yard of rock split off, falling onto the trail between Benson Bridge and the upper viewing platform, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. Crews escorted 10 hikers out of the trail and closed that section of trail, along with a section of upper Wahkeena Trail. PMG FILE PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Most of Multnomah Falls trails will be closed until Wednesday, May 15.

A geological assessment found that unstable sections of the rock could detach at any time. To address the hazards, officials hired a contractor remove the unstable, overhanging sections of the rock. Geologists concluded the rock likely splintered as a result of natural weathering that occurs each spring in the Gorge, when snowmelt and thawing cause rock formations to destabilize.

The lower platform will be closed while operations are underway to prevent risks to visitors from falling rocks. The work is expected as until at least Wednesday, May 15. The trail to the upper viewing platform may take additional time to reopen.

The Multnomah Falls Lodge will remain open as crews work to restore the trails.

To check trail status, call the U.S. Forest Service Information Center at Multnomah Falls Lodge at 503-695-2372.


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