The trail begins at Horsetail Falls Trailhead, off the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway, and ends at Oneonta Trail #424. Ponytail Falls offers a unique experience. The trail goes behind the water fall, and through a basalt half-tunnel. Steep cliffs at some points.
For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation
Attention: The bridge crossing the Oneonta Gorge on the 438 trail has a ONE PERSON load limit. Please cross with caution and only one at a time. This bridge is 1.3 miles from the Horsetail Falls Trailhead.
At a Glance
The steel bridge has been repaired and there is no longer a one-person load limit.
Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to Bridal Veil exit #28. Follow the off ramp to the intersection with the Historic Highway and turn left (east). Travel approximatly 6 miles to the parking area on the north side of the highway.
From Hood River, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to Ainsworth exit #35. Travel west on the Historic Highway approximately 1 mile to the parking area on its north side.