Oneonta Gorge to Lower Oneonta Falls
Western Gorge, Oregon
Lower Oneonta Falls (photographer: Jeremiah Leipold)
alert Trail Alert, Jul 24, 2020: This trail remains closed due to damage from the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Check the Ready Set Gorge website - readysetgorge.com - for the latest updates on trail and recreation area closures.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
0.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
400 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms:
No
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.