Horsetail, Ponytail, Oneonta Falls

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Horsetail, Ponytail, Oneonta Falls is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bonneville, Washington 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.

3.7 miles
980 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



washed out

Trailhead to Ponytail Falls is now open (November 2018). For trail closure updates: The hike to Triple Falls remains closed into 2019. 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.

1 month ago

Hiked on Jan 1, 2019: no parking fee, no bathrooms at TH, well-marked trail, parking lot fills quickly on wknds, Trail closed/gated at Ponytail Falls. This was a quick beautiful hike (1.5 miles RT) to Ponytail Falls.

1 month ago

Horsetail & Ponytail falls are beautiful this time of year, even though it was super cold. Be aware that this trail is a tad steep, but not too difficult. The trail to Triple Creek is closed still due to the fire, but the trail for Horsetail & Ponytail are open and clear.

6 months ago

Trail IsClosed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

6 months ago

Beautifully kept trail with the chance for some great vistas of the gorge along the way (a rarity with the tree cover on most trails!)
Definitely very steep but the trail is even and mostly packed dirt. Great to get behind horsetail falls! On the western side of the bridge that crosses Oneonta at the top you can scramble down into the Riverbed and come right up to the edge of the falls into the Oneonta Gorge (which, incidentally is the most beautiful hike in the area if you can beat the crowds)

8 months ago

Push through every step, the outcome is worth it! It can be a tough hike, but that's the gorge. Push through, and you see some of the most beautiful parts of Oregon.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

We only visited the lower part of this trail because we were on our way to Multnomah falls and made a quick pit stop. The waterfall is strong and powerful and if it's windy you'll definitely get some mist on you. It's a very nice area to stop and look at scenery and to hike if you're aiming for this hike. There's a huge pond at the bottom of the waterfall that you can walk down to but don't expect to not get wet!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The beginning was intense for me. Steep uphill with lots of rocks. Once you get past that part the trail isn't bad at all. Some great views and dog friendly. Mostly shaded so nice on a hot summer day.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Nice trail with great views and awesome waterfalls. Start at Ponytail then hike up some good views. Then down to Horsetail falls, which you can walk underneath (great photos).

When you come to the bride over Oneonta Creek, I HIGHLY recommend you hike up the creek to Upper Oneonta Falls. That hike has many, many little falls and swimming holes, and you'll have much more privacy on this hike (as most people either don't know or don't hike this one). Afterwards, hike back down to the bridge and head to Triple Falls.

AND AllTrails doesn't seem to have a trail for the Lower Oneonta Gorge, but make sure you don't miss that one. It'll have more people, but you can jump in the COLD water and take a swim in the waterfall at the end. Great photos and tons of fun.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Great hike and workout, especially in the summertime. I agree with the 'hard' rating being as a majority of this hike is pretty steep up the mountainside. It's well worth the journey up!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

This was an amazing hike so much to see and take in! The waterfalls were beautiful, if I did it again I would start earlier I started really late and felt rushed and wasn't really able to enjoy the scenery as much as I had hoped to. A little precarious when you start off but it gets better for sure.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What a great hike! I love this hike. the hard part is the very beginning with the steep incline for roughly 3/4's of a mile. Soon after is the first beautiful waterfall. There's a lot to see with it having beautiful views of the Gorge and the falls. There are also spots up the creek of the second waterfall that is beautiful.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Multiple cool waterfalls wrapped up in one nice hike, culminating in Triple Falls for the grand finale! I look forward to going back earlier in the season when the water is flowing even better.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Beautiful but hard trek.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

went to ponytail from Ainsworth campground. at least half of the path is rock. the bottom of my feet didn't enjoy that. otherwise I'd give it 5 stars. The upper horsetail falls are very cool, tons of fun going under the falls. Lower horsetail is busier being near the parking lot but enjoyable and a good picnic spot.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Loved this hike very much! I don't like crowds but everyone was so friendly and helped each other over the log jam, it was great. We walked below the falls then above the falls. And around to Horsetail. I forgot to record the hike below the falls. Definitely want to do this again and hike out to triple falls.

Monday, August 07, 2017

very nicetrail and falls

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A lot of the trail is rocky and steep, but the waterfalls, creeks, and greenery is worth the effort! The area at the top of triple falls is a great place to take a break to snack, cool off in the shade, play in the creek, etc.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

kick butt trail with lots of uphill grinds. many parts are eroded so be careful. Be prepared to enjoy the water when at the top. .8mi in you can cut off to ponytail and horsetail falls too.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Crowded in summer.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Loved it!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Great short hike! Beautiful ! Get there early to pass the crowd

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The trail gets better and better the further up you go. Highly recommended. It's difficult at times as it's uphill all the way. Need walking boots.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Would say this is a moderate-rated hike. The trail goes along the ridge overlooking the gorge. Nice wildflowers here and there and nice variety of falls within short distance . Go for a dip at the top of Triple Falls!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The falls are amazing! I also loved the wildflowers.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wonderful views of waterfalls. I would definitely do it again!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This trail was absolutely amazing. So amazing that I might do it again while I'm here in Portland for 2 weeks. It's rated as hard, and in my opinion, it definitely is. Others have said it's moderate and not that hard... but it is! I've done a bit of hiking as I used to live in Colorado and Peru. It's straight up hill pretty much until you get to Triple Falls, but it's 110% worth it. It took me 2 hours to get to Triple Falls and back to lower Horsetail Falls.

Monday, June 19, 2017

So this trail. It's truly amazing. Slippery in May but worth every bit.

Monday, June 05, 2017

I hiked this two days ago and it was beautiful! I would not rate this a hard hike. I would say easy-medium.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Very beautiful waterfall great!!!!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

great hike!

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