View from Horsetail Falls Loop trail (photographer: Angie Moore)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Nov 15, 2017: Trail closed due to Eagle Creek fire that started on Sept. 2. We anticipate this trail will be closed at least until summer 2018.
This loop takes you past three falls and can be accessed either by the Horsetail Falls Trailhead (from which Horsetail Falls is easily visible and accessible) or the Oneonta Gorge Trailhead (just west of Horsetail Falls Trailhead). The hiking directions below start from Oneonta Gorge Trailhead.
From the Oneonta Trailhead, find and follow Gorge Trail #400 (this section of trail #400 is the Historic Columbia River Highway) to the junction with the Horsetail Falls Trail #438. This will lead you first to Ponytail Falls, which you can walk behind. The trail will next take you upward with switchbacks for ~0.5 miles until you reach a bridge over Oneonta Gorge. Oneonta Falls is visible from the bridge, looking downstream. Continuing on, you will reach the junction with Trail #424. To add an extra waterfall to the trip, turn left and hike ~0.9 miles to Triple Falls. To complete the loop, turn right from Trail #438 onto Trail #424. This will lead you back to Oneonta Trailhead where you started.
This hike enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness at approximately a few hundred feet south of the trail junctions of #438 and #424. Wilderness restrictions apply.
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- Type: Loop
- Distance: 2.3 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 440 feet
- Difficulty: Easy
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
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Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities
These trails and recreation areas in and around the Gorge are open for exploring.