Oneonta Trail #424

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Oneonta Gorge Trail.

Oneonta Creek Trail begins at Oneonta Trailhead on the Historic Columbia River Highway and ends at Larch Mountain Road 0.3 miles south of Larch Mountain Trailhead. From Larch Mountain parking area travel another 0.3 miles along a trail that leads to Sherrard Point for one of the most far ranging views in the Columbia River Gorge. This trail is one of the most demanding of the the three direct routes up Larch Mounatin. The grade is steep and the trail requires hikers to ford Oneonta Creek. During summer and late fall you can likely make these crossings without getting your feet wet. 

There are four waterfalls in Oneonta Gorge. The Lower Falls is not visible from the trail. Middle Falls is visible from the trail. The upper falls are about 1 mile upstream from the middle falls and require climbing down a canyon wall to view. After approximately 1.7 miles you will reach Triple Falls, which can be seen from a vantage point on the upper trails in the canyon. Hiking to Triple falls would make a good day hike and is just over 4 miles roundtrip.

The Oneonta Trail has many great elements for making an overnight trip in the Columbia River Gorge. Some of the highlights are; waterfalls, steep creek-weathered basalt cliffs, and good camping spots. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike and Leave No Trace.

This trail is within Mark O Hatfield Wilderness from Horsetail Falls Trail #438 to Multnomah Creek Way #444 where additional retrictions apply and no bikes are allowed. The Larch Mountain section of Mark O Hatfield Wilderness (PDF map) was added in 2007. Mountain Biking is only allowed the relatively short distance from the summit of Larch Mountain to Multnomah Creek Way Trail #444. The trail enters Wilderness at this point.

Alert: The Lower Oneonta Gorge is not accessible by trail. Many people choose to walk into the creek bed to view the lower falls. This is not an official trail.  There is a large log jam in the creek that is slippery and dangerous to cross.  Please know your skill level and recreate responsibly.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/8/2015: The terminus of this trail is on Larch Mountain Road, which is now open for the season. (Larch Mtn. road is maintained by Multnomah County & is closed annually at milepost 10, Nov-May.) Access to Triple Falls has been cleared and trail is repaired.
Open Season: Year round - snow dependent
Usage: Heavy
  • Motor vehicles are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
  • Mountain bikes are only allowed from Larch Mountain Trailhead to junction with Trail #444.
  • Wilderness restrictions apply in designated Wilderness areas.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR; Troutdale, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Larch Mountain Trailhead. 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


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 south side of the highway. 

From Hood River, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84 to Ainsworth exit #35.  Travel west on the Historic Highway approximately 1.5 miles to the parking area on its south side. 

General Notes:

Oneonta Gorge parking, south side of Historic Highway.



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