Horsetail Falls Trail #438

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pony Tail Falls is unique as the trail goes behind it.

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.

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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

Current Conditions: The steel bridge has been repaired and there is no longer a one-person load limit.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR; Troutdale, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


Horsetail Falls Trailhead is located 2.75 miles east of Multnomah Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

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.


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Day Hiking

A fun family hike which takes you behind Ponytail Falls

Areas for Day Hiking at Horsetail Falls Trail #438


Horsetail Falls Trail 438 junctions with Oneonta Trail 424, and Horge Trail 400. Several loop opportunities are available. Consult a good, up to date map.

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