Horsetail Falls is named for its characteristic form and plunges 176 feet. Enjoy a short hike on Horsetail Falls Trail #438 to Upper Horsetail Falls, also called Ponytail Falls, where the trail goes behind the base of the Falls. Horsetail Falls is a great spot just to stop and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is also a trailhead for a section of Gorge Trail #400.
There is a parking area with ADA spots, however you have to cross the Historic Columbia River Highway to access the viewing area and picnic tables.
At a Glance
10/01/12: Attention Hikers: The bridge crossing the Oneonta Gorge at the intersection of Trail 400/438 and Trail 400/424 has a ONE PERSON load limit. Please cross with caution and only one at a time.
Cascade Locks, OR; Troutdale, OR
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.