Bell Creek Loop
Western Gorge, Oregon
Hikers on the Bell Creek trail (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
Hike Details
Type:
Loop
Distance:
14.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
3330 feet
Difficulty:
Expert
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms:
No
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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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 stay on Trail #424, bypassing a few other junctions, and pass Oneonta Canyon to complete the loop.
 
- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org.

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.