Horsetail, Ponytail, Oneonta, and Triple Falls via the Oneonta Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
An easy hike in and out with four great waterfalls and beautiful trees along the way. The trail starts out with a few switchbacks that eventually turn into a more moderately sloped trail to the first falls, Pony Tail Falls. If you keep going the trail wanders around and then down to some more switchback that lead to a bridge over the Oneonta Gorge. Following the trail will take you to a fork that if you follow to the left will take you to Triple Falls, the Forest Service is repairing the trail after a tree fell last winter. The right fork will take you back to the Scenic Highway. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky but overall the trail is fairly easy.
Beautiful trail with a few different waterfalls. It's also a dog friendly trail!
This route could be broken up into two separate sections. The trail up to Horsetail Falls is rocky with some serious vertical gains. I loved how there was mixed uphill and downhill sections making coming back not quite as bad on the old knees. After that if you continue on (I think a lot of people turn back soon after the falls) you'll find some nice soft trail. Right now there are a few sections of water crossing, one was pretty intense, and one part was completely washed way. The trail where it was washed away was clearly marked, which I appreciated! This section is much more secluded and absolutely stunning views. Most of this section is all uphill, but since it was so soft made for a fast, light descent back to the falls.
Definitely agree in the Hard rating!
On a side note, I can't even count the number of people in tennis shoes here. Unless you are an experienced endurance trail runner, get some damn hiking boots. Don't risk the injury.
Between Horsetail and Ponytail Falls there are about 4 or 5 areas where trees have fallen over the trail. There is one that you might have to climb up on to get over while straddling two trees, depending on how long your legs are. Up to Triple Falls, there were small patches of snow today still on the trail.. Such a beautiful hike though with lots of waterfalls.
Did this on a weekday in the summer (May) and combined with Lower Oneonta Gorge hike, and this was the best day of pretty easy hiking in my life so far. 5 stars a hundred times over. I think this hike is more moderate in the summer (I see how with ice it would warrant the hard rating), so don't let the "hard" tag discourage you.