Bell Creek Loop

Western Gorge, Oregon

Bell Creek Loop
Hikers on the Bell Creek trail (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Trail Features

  • WildflowersWildflowers
  • WaterfallWaterfall

Trail Description Driving Directions

Begin at on the Oneonta Trail #424 and climb to the junction with Gorge Trail #400. The trail reaches a shelf above the Columbia River where viewpoints are accessible on a side-trail. Pass a junction to the Horsetail Falls Trail (#438), then continue on to Triple Falls, followed by the bridge over Oneonta Creek.
 
The trail continues alongside the creek past another bridge. Turn left on Horsetail Creek Trail (#425) and come to the Oneonta Creek ford. After crossing the creek, switchback up about 20 times in 2.3 miles, and turn right on Bell Creek Trail (#459). Pass through three miles of forest and wetlands until you reach the junction with Oneonta Trail (#424). Turn right and keep to trail #424, bypassing a few other junctions, and pass Oneonta Canyon to complete the loop.
 
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Trail Details

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 14.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 3330 feet
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly: No
  • Restrooms Restrooms: Yes
  • Trailhead Pass Trailhead Pass: No

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Driving Directions

Oneonta Trailhead:  From the west, travel east on I-84 to Exit #28/Bridal Veil. Drive east on the Historic Highway for 5.1 miles to a small parking lot on the left/north side of the road, just before the Oneonta Gorge. From the east, take Exit #35/Ainsworth and drive west on the Historic Columbia River Highway for 2.9 miles to the trailhead on your right/north side of the road, just before the Oneonta Gorge. + Read More

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