Hike to Ponytail Falls

Oregon Ponytail Falls

Added by Talia Touboul

  • Distance: 1.6 miles out-and-back
  • Elevation Gain: 360 feet
  • Beautiful forest
  • 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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Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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6 months ago

Great Short Hike

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.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Love this spot

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!

7 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful little falls that's easy to get to.

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

Perfect short waterfall hike

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.

about 1 year ago

Added by Talia Touboul

We will either find a road, or We'll make one

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