Oneonta Trailhead and Trail #424

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Oneonta Gorge Trail.

Oneonta Creek Trail begins at Oneonta Trailhead (area is unavailable) on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trailhead is a simple pull out with about 8 parking places and a kiosk. No restroom, water, or tables available. The trailhead also provides access to Gorge Trail #400.

This is the most demanding trail of the three direct routes up Larch Mounatin, due to a steep grade and the need to ford Oneonta Creek (which can be fairly dry during summer and late fall).

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.

With waterfalls, steep creek-weathered basalt cliffs, and good camping spots, Oneonta Trail has many great elements for an overnight trip. 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, which means bikes are prohibited and additional wilderness retrictions apply. Mountain Biking is only between the summit of Larch Mountain until the wilderness begins at Multnomah Creek Way Trail #444

Oneonta Creek Trail ends at Larch Mountain Road 0.3 miles south of Larch Mountain Trailhead. For one of the most far-ranging views in the Columbia River Gorge, continue from Larch Mountain parking for another 0.3 miles along a trail that leads to Sherrard 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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/12/2016: Temporary re-route in place due to an ongoing rock slide. Also, a section of trail is washed out between Triple Falls and the Horsetail Creek Junction. Prepare for a difficult scramble through these sections. Trail cleared of logs.
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


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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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