Horsetail Creek Trail (#425)

Area Status: Closed

This 5.6 mile trail goes alongside and crosses Horsetail Creek, as well as several meadows. It runs from Oneonta Trail #424, at a junction 3 miles from the Oneonta Trailhead, to Nesmith Point Road 222. A portion of this trail is in Mark O Hatfield Wilderness.

CAUTION: Oneonta Creek at the bottom of the trail is not passable in the winter and spring. Westernmost section is a very steep series of switchbacks.  Although it makes a good loop with Bell Creek, do not count on crossing during high water seasons.



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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to hazards and unstable conditions.
Open Season: Year round - snow dependent
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR; Troutdale, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


West Oneonta Trailhead (area is unavailable):

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.


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Day Hiking

There are several loops that could make a good day hike. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.


This trail provides several loop opportunities with other trails. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning backpacking trips.

Viewing Scenery

A Portion of this trail is in wilderness. Trail goes alongside and crosses Horsetail Creek. Several meadows are along the trail.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
5.6 miles

  Elevation : 
1600' - 3800'