Monday, July 4, 2016

Bell Creek Hike Loop

This loop is for the experienced hiker but it is well worth it. Beautiful forest and wetland scenery and waterfall views the Columbia Gorge is known for, this is a great way to spend a day.
Begin at on the Oneonta Trail #424 and climb to the junction with Gorge Trail #400. The trail reaches a shelf above the Columbia River where viewpoints are accessible on a side-trail. Pass a junction to the Horsetail Falls Trail (#438), then continue on to Triple Falls, followed by the bridge over Oneonta Creek. 
  
The trail continues alongside the creek past another bridge. Turn left on Horsetail Creek Trail (#425) and come to the Oneonta Creek ford. After crossing the creek, switchback up about 20 times in 2.3 miles, and turn right on Bell Creek Trail (#459). Pass through three miles of forest and wetlands until you reach the junction with Oneonta Trail (#424). Turn right and keep to trail #424, bypassing a few other junctions, and pass Oneonta Canyon to complete the loop. 
Get more information on this hike at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/bell-creek-loop.html

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