Horsetail Falls Trail #438

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Attention Hikers: 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.

The trail begins at Horsetail Falls Trailhead, off the Historic Highway, and ends at Oneonta Trail #424. A fun family hike which takes you behind Ponytail Falls. Steep cliffs at some points.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Attention: there is a large slide which has taken out about 100 yards of the Oneonta #424 trail, making access to Triple Falls from the north impassable. The slide is about 1/4 mile south of the Oneonta/Horsetail Falls Junction. The steel bridge crossing Oneonta Gorge on this trail is under a load limit of 1 person at a time.
Fees No Fee
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

General Information


Horsetail Falls 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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  Area/Length : 
  1.3 miles
  Elevation : 
100 - 500