Oneonta Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Oneonta Gorge Trail.

Oneonta Trailhead is the gateway to popular day hikes as well as rigorous backpacking routes up Larch Mountain and into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Parking at the trailhead is a simple pullout with about 8 spaces and a kiosk. 

The journey starts with a steep ascent up Oneonta Trail to to start your adventure. One of the most popular routes from there is to continue down Oneonta Trail to Triple Falls, then return back to the junction with Horsetail Falls Trail (#438), where you will head east and downhill, creating a loop that passes by Middle Oneonta Falls and underneath Ponytail Falls (the nickname for Upper Horsetail Falls). This route ends at Horsetail Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway, within a short jaunt of Oneonta Trailhead. 

For a backpacking journey into the wilderness, continue along Oneonta Trail to connect with remote trails such as Bell Creek Trail (#459) and Horsetail Creek Trail (#425), where crowds are much thinner.

This trailhead also provides access to a journey along Gorge Trail #400, which runs parallel to much of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

NOTE: Oneonta Gorge (the creek flowing through a slot canyon to Lower Oneonta Falls) has its own sign and is located near Oneonta Tunnel. Although people enjoy taking the stairs down to the creek bed, please be aware this route is NOT an official trail and therefore we do not actively maintain it. We recommend stopping at the large log jam, which is naturally formed from fallen trees carried down by the river's force because it is slippery, unstable, and dangerous to cross. Please recognize your skill level and realize there are frequent injuries here. There has been one death on the log jam, so it is not family-friendly.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/3/21 Limited parking. Oneonta Trail is open until the junction with Horsetail Falls.
Fees No fee.
Open Season: Year round - snow dependent
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
  • 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 once you enter Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Cascade Locks, OR; Corbett, OR; Troutdale, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
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 (heading east).  Travel about 6 miles to the parking area, which is a small pullout 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 about 1.5 miles to the parking area, which is a small pullout on the south side of the highway.


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