Horsetail, Ponytail, and Triple Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Nov 26, 2018: Trail is open only to Ponytail Falls. Past the falls, the trail is closed because of damage from the 2017 Eagle Creek fire.
This is a quintessential western Gorge hike - 3 sparkling waterfalls (one in which you get to walk behind!), several outstanding Gorge views, and one unique Oneonta Gorge slot canyon all packed in 2.2 miles (one way)!
Begin the hike next to 176-ft Horsetail Falls and climb along a mossy slope of ferns. At .2 miles, turn right onto the Gorge Trail taking you to 80-ft Ponytail Falls in which you get to walk behind! Linger here to enjoy the dancing of the falls' spray.
Beyond the falls in .4 miles you'll come to several trails to the right. They lead to several outstanding viewpoints at the cliffs edge, high above the river. Be careful to not get to close to the edge.
Continue on the main trail another .4 miles, crossing over a metal footbridge above 60-ft Oneonta Falls. Quickly you'll arrive at a junction with the Oneonta Trail. Turn left here to Triple Falls, .9 miles up the trail, making for a perfect lunch spot.
Turn around and head back the way you came to complete this out-and-back 4.4 mile hike.
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.
- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org. + Read More
- Type: Out and back
- Distance: 4.4 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 680 feet
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Family Friendly: No
- Restrooms: Yes
- Trailhead Pass: No
Gorge Trailhead Passes Guide
Post-Fire Gorge Hiking Opportunities
These trails and recreation areas in and around the Gorge are open for exploring.