Hike to Ponytail Falls

Ponytail Falls - Search Nearby - Added by Talia Touboul

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.

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Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

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

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Fun hike for all

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.

Fascinating in the Winter.

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.

Short and Easy hike

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.

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