Hike to Ponytail Falls

Oregon Ponytail Falls

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

Distance: 1.6 miles out-and-back. Elevation Gain: 360 feet. Beautiful forest and a stunning waterfall.

Ponytail Falls is an easy 0.8 mile hike located in the gorge that begins at Horsetail Falls. After hiking up mild switchbacks, continue to your right at the first trailhead intersection. The path levels out before coming around the mountain and opening up to the waterfall.

This is the easiest waterfall hike in the Oregon Gorge and is accessible all year around. It is also a great spot to begin many of the other hikes in the area.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Bathing suit (for those who dare to jump in)
  • Water (no source on trail)
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Ponytail falls is a great hike for the whole family. It a short uphill climb from the Horsetail falls area and worth every ounce of sweat. Walking under a waterfall is an experience like non other. And for those that are up for it you can continue the hike to Angel's Rest or Horse Tail Creek.

5 months ago
5 months ago

A short hike from the Horsetail Falls area and parking lot. The ability to walk behind the falls was why I was originally drawn to hike these falls. That aspect did not disappoint. Going here in the winter, gave the falls an additional feature of 3 to 6 foot icicles hanging down behind the falls. From a crowd perspective, I went around 11am on a Friday and there were 8-10 people visiting the falls during the 45 minutes I spent there. All in all another must see falls in an area full of amazing waterfalls.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Ponytail is an easy one to get to and worth the short trip if you're in the area. Like any of the gorge hikes near Multnomah Falls you're better off getting to the trail head early if you don't want crowds.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Get there early if you hit it on a weekend. Parking was a zoo. Otherwise the hike was great. I went a little further to the creek. Definitely worth it to get away from the crowds. Seems most people stop at Ponytail Falls and don't venture further.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This spot is dope! So dope, in fact, that I proposed to my wife here a few years back. My suggestion, don't stop at Ponytail, keep going along the trail, all the way over the Oneonta Gorge and back down to the road. There is plenty more beauty to be seen along this trail, and by the time you've gotten up to Ponytail, the hard part is already over, so you might as well reward yourself with a couple more miles of awesome hiking!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Beautiful little falls that's easy to get to.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If you don't have much time, this is the perfect waterfall to hike to. Simple, beautiful and easy access. Make sure to wear proper shoes, it's a little steep.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Talia TouboulExplorer

We will either find a road, or make one

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