Horsetail Falls Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sign at Horsetail Falls Trailhead.

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 accessible (ADA) parking spots, however you have to cross the Historic Columbia River Highway to access the viewing area and picnic tables.

Currently the steel bridge on Horsetail Falls trail #438 is open but limited to one person at a time crossing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/24/2015: 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.
Fees No Fee
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR; Troutdale, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

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. 

General Notes:

Falls area

Horsetail Falls viewing plaza and rockwork on rainy day Two people enjoy the platform at the base of Horsetail Falls


Horsetail Falls parking lot - view showing exit from the road and pedestrian in white. Sunny day tree lined parking area with a red car in the foregroud.

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Day Hiking

A fun family hike which takes you behind Ponytail Falls.

Nature Viewing

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