Ponytail Falls

Cascade Locks, Oregon

4.6/5
based on 9 reviews

Details

Distance

0.85 miles

Elevation Gain

463 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Talia Touboul

Ponytail Falls takes you along the trail in the Columbia River Gorge through a beautiful forest to 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.

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Features

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

Reviews

This hike has a cool waterfall. It's not sure long so you should definitely work it in to your Oregon trip.

07/27/20

This is a short hike that leads to an incredible water fall. You can even go underneath it and see it from behind! I also really like how this looks just like the name says

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Beautiful little falls that's easy to get to.

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.

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Nearby

Horsetail Falls Loop

Hike Oneonta Gorge

Triple Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop

Larch Mountain's Summit