Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike

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  • Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Red columbine (Aquilegia formosa).- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Ponytail Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • View from behind Ponytail Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
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  • View looking east into the Columbia River Gorge.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
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  • View looking down into Oneonta Gorge and out toward the Columbia River Gorge.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Oneonta Bridge Falls, otherwise known as Middle Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Bridge over Oneonta Creek.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Trail up to Triple Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Along the trail up to Triple Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Triple Falls along the Oneonta Creek.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Hike it Baby group hitting the trail.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
  • Hike it Baby group hitting the trail.- Horsetail, Ponytail + Triple Falls Hike
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Four waterfalls. Old-growth forest. Numerous wildflowers.
Cons: 
None.
Alerts: 
A detour around a landslide obstruction may require some steeper climbing, but access to Triple Falls is still possible.
Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
120 ft (37 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
600 ft (183 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Just past Multnomah Falls, this adventure has what most hikers are looking for: waterfalls, old-growth forest, big vistas and even a little scrambling at Oneonta Gorge.  In terms of waterfalls, you are really getting a four-for-one deal on this hike, as Horsetail Falls is just the beginning. The other three remarkable falls are Ponytail Falls, Oneonta Bridge Falls (or Middle Falls) and Triple Falls.  If you head into the Oneonta Gorge, you can also add Lower Oneonta Falls to the list.  Regardless of how you count them, this hike won’t disappoint!  If you are on the trail in late spring or early summer, be sure to look for the crisp, articulated red columbine flower and the delicate pacific starflower.

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