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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 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.
Fees No Fee
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR; Troutdale, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
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. 

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.

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