Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls

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Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade Locks, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

As of August 2019, upper part of the trail is still closed.

Great short hike to a delightful fall. Can’t wait till the rest of the trail opens up!

hiking
29 days ago

Quick and easy with a pretty waterfall you can walk behind with a big pool of water at the end. Super crowded but still negotiable. Upper part of trail still closed

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with our kiddo (7). Short and sweet with a fun payoff of walking behind the waterfall and climbing down to the pool.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

nice trail, but main parts are still closed. you can go to the top of the falls and hike behind one, but then have to turn around and go back. super quick trek and still really beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

An easy hike for families! Quick and beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Always too crowded

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty, quick hike! We have done it twice and enjoyed it both times!

hiking
2 months ago

Only went to first falls. And it was lovely. I remember it being fairly busy on the trail with tourist. But it was a fairly easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Very short hike, but rewarding great waterfall. Upper trail still closed due to the prior fire

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! All elevation gain is in the first 1/4 mile...pretty steep! And good for kids, just hang on because there are some drop off areas. So worth the little hike to get there!!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing walk behind the Ponytail waterfall. Could definitely have a dip at the bottom or top. The elevation is in the first 0.2mi so fairly steep but then a long stretch even to the second falls. Great, short hike.

hiking
3 months ago

The waterfall and pool at the (current) end of the trail are stunning and calm, but the amount of crowds here makes it a little bit more difficult to enjoy. It's also a shame that so much of this trail has been destroyed, I felt like it ended right as I was getting going and left feeling a little underwhelmed.

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful and very crowded. Trail is narrow and slippery at times, beware with young children. Hiked May 27,2019

muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Solid in-and-out trail. View at the end is incredible and serene. Be wary if it has been raining, trail gets muddy and slippery at times.

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rocky
3 months ago

Short but challenging trail. Especially when wet. Pretty steep and rocky. Falls views are worth it.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

My hiking companion was struck by falling rocks on this trail a few months ago. This is a very beautiful place, but no longer safe for year round use. This trail has been impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire. The area around the trail still has a lot of healthy trees, but the ridges above have been stripped. I would recommend avoiding this trail during periods of heavy rain or whenever it is freezing and thawing, as either of these conditions are likely to cause rock falls.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

What a beautiful hike from Horsetail Falls to Ponytail Falls (aka Upper Horsetail). The trail is a bit rocky and steep, but honestly worth the short hike to see the falls! Even on a nice day there’s a chill on the trail. You’ll just take the exit past Multnomah Falls and drive on the beautiful Historic highway to get here. Lots of parking. Date hiked: 4/29/19. Weather: mid 60’s.

We started on Gorge Trail 400 from the restrooms close to Ainsworth State Park picnic tables. Honestly this is an easier place to park and turns a 0.7 mile hike into a 2 mile hike (with less people most of the way). WARNING: We did not realize the trail was closed due to a rock slide until we got to the closure stopping people from coming off the more traveled horsetail falls family-friend trail - oops. It was definitely scary and totally unsafe which is why we walked back to our car along the scenic highway instead. The trailhead is closed from the Ainsworth State Park picnic tables which we later noticed on our walk back

hiking
snow
6 months ago

recorded Recording - Sep 08, 7:50 AM

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