Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Horsetail Falls Loop

A great Gorge which starts off with a perfect view of Horsetail falls right from the car. Continue up to Ponytail falls where the trail will take you behind the falls and up to beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. 
This loop takes you past three falls and can be accessed either by the Horsetail Falls Trailhead (from which Horsetail Falls is easily visible and accessible) or the Oneonta Gorge Trailhead (just west of Horsetail Falls Trailhead). The hiking directions below start from Oneonta Gorge Trailhead.
From the Oneonta Trailhead, find and follow Gorge Trail #400 (this section of trail #400 is the Historic Columbia River Highway) to the junction with the Horsetail Falls Trail #438. This will lead you first to Ponytail Falls, which you can walk behind. The trail will next take you upward with switchbacks for ~0.5 miles until you reach a bridge over Oneonta Gorge. Oneonta Falls is visible from the bridge, looking downstream. Continuing on, you will reach the junction with Trail #424. To add an extra waterfall to the trip, turn left and hike ~0.9 miles to Triple Falls. To complete the loop, turn right from Trail #438 onto Trail #424. This will lead you back to Oneonta Trailhead where you started.
Hike Information:
Type of Hike: Loop
Length: 2.3 Miles
Elevation Gain: 440 Feet
Difficulty: Easy
Restroom Facilities: No
Fees and Regulations: None
SRC: Find a map of the loop and more information here: trails.gorgefriends.org/trail/horsetail-falls-loop/

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