Oneonta Gorge to Lower Oneonta Falls
Western Gorge, Oregon
alert Trail Alert, Mar 27, 2020: Most trails in the Columbia Gorge are now 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:
Out and back
Distance:
0.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
400 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms
Restrooms:
No miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
WaterfallWaterfall
Oneonta Gorge is one of the many wonders of the National Scenic Area. However, it isn't accessible by trail --the creek is the trail.
 
To reach Lower Oneonta Falls, walk up the creek bed, over a large and perhaps unstable log jam. Be very careful scrambling over this, especially with little ones! Continue walking through the incredible slot canyon through water up to your waist until you reach the waterfall.
 
The trek to Lower Oneonta Falls has some very uneven footing but it's worth the challenge. It is fantastic on an August weekday to cool off with the cool refreshing water. Avoid on weekends since it is so busy.
 
Please note:
  • The creek bed is very rocky; water shoes are recommended.
  • This trail is very busy on hot summer weekends. We recommend going during the week. You’ll appreciate the experience much more.
  • Do not attempt to climb the small cliff next to the falls and jump in the water. If you injure yourself in the Oneonta Gorge, you'll have a long wait before emergency personnel can get to you.

Driving Directions

Oneonta Trailhead:  From I-84, take Exit #35/Ainsworth and head west on the Historic Columbia River Highway for approximately 1.5 miles. Just east of the Oneonta Tunnel on your left/south is the Oneonta Gorge. Parking is limited.