Oneonta Gorge

Multnomah Falls, Oregon 97203

Oneonta Gorge

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"A Columbia gorge classic— a tight slot canyon, three spectacular waterfalls, including one you hike behind, and the option to see three more falls bundled as one. Plus, you get a few Columbia River views, a few big old trees, and an old restored tunnel to walk through. Kids will love this hike, but keep ’em close around the many drops-offs along the way."

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Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"This little adventure is indeed one of a kind. The Oneonta Gorge is a slot canyon barely 0.6 mile long in the Columbia River Gorge. Designated a botanical area by the USDA Forest Service, the steep basalt walls of the canyon are home to numerous rare plants and an incredibly scenic waterfall. At just over a mile round- trip, this hike doesn’t set any distance records, but burning lungs and thigh muscles aren’t why people visit this falls. The moment you descend the staircase leading to Oneonta Creek, you’re welcomed with an air temperature that can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than where you parked. There may be no better place in the Columbia River Gorge on a hot summer day! The cool canyon is narrow, with 100-foot walls of rock on either side. First things first, however; you have to get up, over, or around a large logjam that changes with each season. Exercise caution here and gauge your hiking party’s abilities. Though children frequently make this journey under the watchful eye of parents, this is very much a personal judgment call. Once the jam has been negotiated, the actual journey begins. Don’t bother looking for a trail here—Oneonta Creek is the trail." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"This little adventure is indeed one-of-a-kind. The Oneonta Gorge is a slot canyon barely 0.6 mile long in the Columbia River Gorge. Designated a botanical area by the US Forest Service, the steep basalt walls of the canyon are home to numerous rare plants and an incredibly scenic waterfall. At just over a mile round-trip, this hike doesn’t set any distance records, but burning lungs and thigh muscles aren’t why people visit this falls. The moment you descend the staircase leading to the Oneonta Creek, you’re welcomed with an air temperature that can be as much as twenty degrees cooler than where you parked. There may be no better place in the Columbia River Gorge on a hot summer day! The cool canyon is narrow, with 100-foot walls of rock on either side. First things first, however, you have to get up, over, or around a large logjam that changes with each season. Exercise caution here and gauge your hiking party’s abilities. Though children frequently make this journey under the watchful eye of parents, this is very much a personal judgment call. Once the jam has been negotiated, the actual journey begins. Don’t bother looking for a trail here—Oneonta Creek is the trail." Read more

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Trail Information

Multnomah Falls
Nearby City
2.7
Distance
385 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Mount Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
Local Maps

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Dec 2018