Oneonta Gorge Trail [CLOSED]

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Oneonta Gorge Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bridal Veil, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

scramble

closed

no dogs

The Oneonta Gorge is a scenic hiking destination and botanical area in the Columbia River Gorge area on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Be prepared to navigate through logs, climb through rocks and wade in cold water as you follow along Oneonta Creek through the gorge. The views at the end are breathtaking, and the challenge makes the hike worth it. Ecology enthusiasts will also enjoy the variety of aquatic and woodland plants. Upper Oneonta Falls, Middle Oneonta Falls, Lower Oneonta Falls and Triple Falls are the four main waterfalls in the gorge. The trailhead is accessed in Oneonta just off the Historic Columbia River Highway. The Oneonta Falls are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to the massive Columbia River Gorge fire of 2017. Please check the link below for updates. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices/?aid=41589

hiking
2 days ago

Went last year in a long overdue rating. Definitely go if it opens again!

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is closed as the logs and rocks have blocked access for walking, this is what we were told when asked at visitor center in Multnomah Falls. We didn't go any further to check but trusted that old guy.

hiking
13 days ago

My absolute favorite hike in the Gorge. Because of the easy access its nearly always obnoxiously crowded, but if you get there early (7-8am) you can usually get in to the waterfall before the hoards arrive. The log jam to start makes me feel like a kid again, clambering over obstacles and scooting up rocks on my butt. You will get wet on this hike, I recommend water shoes (not beach water shoes but hiking sandals, Keens or similar) as the entire gorge floor is rock covered.
Absolutely stunning if you can get there before the crowds.

hiking
29 days ago

Is this open now?? I see some reviews recently, indicating that this is now open. I will be there week of July 4th. Thank you!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing, the water can get pretty high and difficult to trek through but overall a spectacular experience

backpacking
1 month ago

you would have to climb up and down a lot. you will also get wet to toward the end.

hiking
3 months ago

The Oneonta Falls are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to the massive Columbia River Gorge fire of 2017. Please check the link below for updates.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices/?aid=41589

4 months ago

does anyone know someone to contact for a reopen date of this trail?

6 months ago

is it closed?when will be open?

hiking
8 months ago

I wish I could give this 5 stars. The falls and the gorge are absolutely breathtaking. However, it is way too crowded. What makes you think everyone wants to listen to the rap music playing out of your portable speaker? It reverberates throughout the entire gorge. Did I also mention the stench of cigarette and weed smoke?

Bottom line:

If you want to party and socialize, come here during the warmer months.
If you want to actually enjoy this place properly, I suggest coming here during winter.

hiking
9 months ago

Is closed we don't. Have access to go up.

hiking
9 months ago

My favorite hike of the trip! Climbing over the log jam in the beginning was like an obstacle course and was awesome! We weren't prepared for the water to be so deep in some places....turned around right before the first waterfall because we just did this trail on a whim and didn't bring towels or extra clothes. Definitely want to go back and do this one again though!

hiking
10 months ago

Very fun little hike. Come prepared with rugged water shoes. Waded through waist deep frigid water after climbing a hefty slippery log pile. It was all worth it for the quick swim in the waterfall at the end. Come early, it got very crowded. The crowd does take away from the majestic beauty. Which is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars . You probably won't find solitude here on the weekends. I will definitely try it out again

10 months ago

Too crowded

hiking
10 months ago

Fun hike but short. I loved all of it even scrambling over the huge log pile in the beginning.

11 months ago

So much fun. Waterfall at the end is just ok (I went in August, prob more robust in spring) but loved climbing over the logs and wading through the creek. Short hike, but this hike is definitely more about the journey than the destination.

11 months ago

Exotic enveloped watery log laden trail. Dangerous for old folks, younger folks, and animals. Expect to get soaked. Would have been five stars but swamped by hikers takes away some of the majesty of the moment. Still very fun and met cool people!...but also a couple shitty people.

11 months ago

Great short little hike but not a hike for dogs because there are a ton of logs in the middle of the gorge right now that you have to climb over. We had to carry the dog over it and was very difficult/dangerous

hiking
11 months ago

All in all the views and surroundings of this hike are beautiful. Only real drawback is the crowds of people who flock to this spot. That said, everyone was kind and considerate to each other but not the best hike for someone looking for solitude.

hiking
11 months ago

So fun. Bring water shoes!

11 months ago

The trailhead is a steep 2.5 miles up to see the triple falls. We did half of that hike before realizing we really wanted to just walk through the gorge to see the lower falls. This is where all the people were. Quite crowded on a hot day, but fun.

hiking
11 months ago

went hiking through the creek part of the trail to lower Oneonta Falls. taking this route you have to climb over a series of logs and walk through the creek with the water being atleast waist high, but it is worth it to see the falls up close and below it. this is not the recommended path, but most everyone takes this path.

11 months ago

The trail to the first very picturesque waterfall in the canyon is only a few hundred yards and will take only 10 minutes to reach the falls. Following the trail to Tripple Falls and the upper falls is very sketchy is several areas as it has been washed away. At the trailhead the sign says "Triple Falls 1.3 miles" after hiking for an hour you will come across another sign that also says "Triple Falls 1.3 miles"...

hiking
11 months ago

Not sure how this hike is 4.9 miles? It was like a mile maybe round trip. Is there another trail that I am not aware of? Beautiful and fun none the less!

hiking
11 months ago

Walked the gorge today and it was so beautiful despite being a cloudy day, though I can imagine when it's sunny it's even more beautiful. Water is as cold as you can imagine, and despite loosing all feeling in my feet I still managed to swim up to the waterfall. I'm 5'6 and the deepest part you have to walk through came to right at my pelvis. Cold. Be prepared with extra clothes in your car! Def recommend but on a hot day!

11 months ago

can't wait to go back! it was adventurous and fun!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This place is amazing

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's a nice hike up on the oneonata trails and beautiful when you go on the separate trail near the bridge through the water to the waterfall

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Amazing!!! Well worth the effort. If you're reconsidering going due to the water, don't. So worth it!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

One of the most enjoyable hikes

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