Horsetail Creek Trail (#425)
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.
For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Closed due to hazards and unstable conditions.|
|Open Season:||Year round - snow dependent|
|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|
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.
Day HikingThere are several loops that could make a good day hike. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.
BackpackingThis trail provides several loop opportunities with other trails. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning backpacking trips.
Viewing SceneryA Portion of this trail is in wilderness. Trail goes alongside and crosses Horsetail Creek. Several meadows are along the trail.
Alerts & Warnings
- Effective 8/1: Fire Restrictions in place
- Closure Update: Eagle Creek Fire
- Wyeth Campground Water System Notification
- Drones prohibited in wilderness and select recreation sites
- Klickitat Mile One Overnight Use & Large Boat Launch Prohibition
- Guard against car theft
- Check road and weather conditions