Bell Creek Loop
Western Gorge, Oregon
Hikers on the Bell Creek trail (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)
alert Trail Alert, May 27, 2020: Many trails in the Columbia Gorge are currently closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is urging all members of the to public to stay local and give Gorge trails a break. If you can get to a neighborhood recreation spot by walking or biking, even better. Check the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or Washington State Parks websites for additional information and breaking updates.

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.