Length: 4.3 miles RT loop
Elevation Change: 740' gain
Season: Year Round
Permit: Not Required
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This loop hike can be done clockwise or counterclockwise.
You can begin the hike at either Horsetail Falls trail head or the Oneonta Gorge
trail head. This narrative will begin at Horsetail Falls.
You begin climbing
immediately for a short distance where you hook up with Gorge Trail #400. Follow
this trail west for about a half mile to the beautiful Ponytail Falls. You are
rewarded not only with its beauty but by being able to walk behind the falls as
you continue your hike around this loop adventure.
Another half mile and you come
to Oneonta Gorge with a superb bridge spanning the chasm formed by Oneonta Creek.
Looking downstream you are looking at the top of Oneonta Falls. After crossing
the creek, you begin a brief steep climb and continue west for about another half
mile. Here you follow Trail #424 upstream for about a mile to the fabulous
When you return, keep straight at the Oneonta junction and the
trail will lead you back down to the Old Columbia River Highway and a
short half mile walk past Oneonta Gorge to Horsetail Falls.
How to get there:
Coming from the west on I-84, take exit #28/Bridal Veil and drive east on the
Historic Columbia River Highway past the Multnomah Falls Lodge and on to the
Oneonta Gorge and Triple Falls trailhead parking area.
Coming from the east on I-84, take exit 35 (Ainsworth Park) and drive about 3 miles west on the
Historic Highway just past Horsetail Falls and you will come to the Oneonta Gorge and Triple Falls trailhead parking area.