Day 145

Multnomah Falls: The Standard Photograph

August 18th, 2010

According to a sign at the falls:

"September 4, 1995 at about 5:30 p.m., a 400-ton rock slid from the face of upper Multnomah Falls and dropped 225 feet into the Falls upper plunge pool. Weighing as much as a school bus filled with concrete, it sent a 70-foot splash over the Benson Bridge-- drenching a wedding party."


  1. Gentle Giant says:

    Hey was I first??? WOW very pretty

  2. Gigi says:

    So beautiful! Really love that bridge up there.

  3. Jeff says:

    Better to have drenched the wedding party then to have fallen ontop of them.

    • Ei says:

      My thoughts too except I thought “Better to have been drenched than squished.”

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Would that be considered a bad omen or good omen for your marriage? Splish splash but not squished.

    • Craig.. (Yeah in NC!) says:

      According to a sign at the falls:

      “September 4, 1995 at about 5:30 p.m., a 400-ton rock slid from the face of upper Multnomah Falls and dropped 225 feet into the Falls upper plunge pool. Weighing as much as a school bus filled with concrete, it sent a 70-foot splash over the Benson Bridge– drenching a wedding party.”
      WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO to freakin cool!

  4. Barbara Kiviat says:

    I want to see the video of *that*.

  5. I guess that would have drenched anyone around there…and a little scary too…maybe a visit to the restroom for some…

  6. EDL in MN says:

    Awesome picture!
    I bet that falling rock was quite a surprise for the wedding party!

  7. Kerin says:

    Holy moly, I can’t believe you’re in my neck of the woods already! Welcome to Oregon :)

  8. Madison says:

    Check this out:

    I went there earlier this summer!

  9. Candice In Alabama says:

    Nothing standard about his photograph – I’d say outstanding!

  10. Rings bells, did I read that? These falls are beautiful in winter too, sometimes they freeze. I think. Do they?

    • Ashley in MD says:

      I would think that they dont freeze because the water is always moving, just my guess

      • Kherri CLT via PDX says:

        Karin, I was thinking that, too when I was looking at this photo.
        Ashley, it does freeze in the winter. Not to the point that the falls stop, but it has massive ice build up and is fantastically beautiful.

  11. April says:

    You should try stopping at Voodoo Doughnut for something to eat — 22 SW Third St., Portland (downtown, just south of Burnside—ask anyone how to get there).

  12. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    This picture is absolutely breathtaking!! What more could could you want in one picture besides a waterfall and a bridge. This is amazing!!!

  13. Flavia says:

    i wonder how long Matt stops for when he finds scenery this beautiful… does he stay long enough to take a picture or does he sit awhile and take in the scenery? just a thought.

  14. MN Roxanne says:

    So glad the wedding party just got drenched…. they say rain on your wedding day is a blessing… not sure is a wave counts… it’s a beautiful picture Matt…. one of many along this trek.

  15. Mary says:

    Isn’t America awesome we have a little of everything! melting pot of people too.

  16. Tna says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  17. Rich in MN says:

    Do you suppose the marriage lasted? Sure sounds like a ‘bad omen’ to me!

  18. Alisa 11 says:

    Welcome to Oregon Matt!!! And a picture of one of my favorite spots!! I hope we get to see you soon :)

  19. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Wow that’s one huge tall waterfall. Do you climb up to that bridge some how? It looks like one long hard climb. Beautiful falls though.

    • Kherri CLT via PDX says:

      There is a trail that goes all the way to the top of the falls where there is a platform that jets out over the top of the falls. The trail is around 1.2 mls. A bit of a hike but not to bad.

  20. Don in Tennessee says:

    I guess that marriage got off to a rocky start! At least you could get stoned after the wedding and maybe forget about the rocky start.

    This is another great bridge and beautiful waterfall. I would love to hear the water falling!

    Thank you, Matt!

  21. Bryan says:

    One of my favs of all the pics (besides the mailbox collection lol)

  22. Michelle says:

    Wow, very pretty! What sights in this state.
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  23. Alice says:

    That is awesome!

  24. Noel in Michigan says:

    This is a beautiful picture.

    That water has to be very cold yet refreshing. Just ask the wedding party. :)

    First time I have actually posted on the website. I have been following since day 43. It has been wonderful following the adventure.

  25. deb says:

    All I can say is “wow”!

  26. Jim says:

    Wow! I get it was worth the walk just to see this!

  27. Christina Wicyk says:

    Matt,I have been following your awesome adventure since week 2.Your magnificent memory maker adventure is truly been a joy to follow! For us who watched in silence with great anticipation each day,we have been awed with this adventure! We truly thank-you! We shall miss your postings,but are thankful you completed your fantastic goal!

  28. karen428 says:

    What Beautiful Falls! America the Beautiful for sure!

  29. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful! I’m “borrowing” this.

  30. Maria says:

    I am very jealous (and completely amazed!) at all the photography opportunities you have had on this trip. I really hope you take advantage of it and do something with some of your best pictures, like this one. I’d buy it! So beautiful. Good job, Matt!

  31. Jodi says:

    I was at the edge of the upper pool when this happened . It was one of the most frightening experiences of my life even now 20 years later. Still amazed we were ALL ok.

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