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Oneonta Gorge

Cascade Locks, Oregon

based on 30 reviews



0.92 miles

Elevation Gain

531 ft

Route Type



Added by Michael Matti

*Currently closed (except a small portion of the upper trail between Multnomah Spur and Trail #444 on Larch Mountain). Oneonta is a unique gorge that leads to beautiful Oneonta Falls. The experience of wading through chilly water to reach the falls only adds to the adventure.

*Currently closed (except a small portion of the upper trail between Multnomah Spur and Trail #444 on Larch Mountain)...here

This hike is very short (1 mile roundtrip) but does take some time to do. The trail leads down from the road into a stream bed. You follow the stream bed upstream through a narrow gorge. At the entrance to the gorge there is a large log jam. This requires some balance to climb over; be very careful if it is wet.

I like the path over the log jam on the far left near the gorge wall. Once you're over the log jam, the rest of the hike is just walking in and then wading through the stream. At one point in the stream the water gets quite deep, maybe 5ft depending on time of year. This section isn't very long but the water is cold. It is possible to cling to the rock and shimmy along the right side of the gorge and only have the water go up to about your knees. After the deep section, you arrive at the end of the gorge and the spectacular waterfall.

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Oneonta Gorge Reviews

Realize that this hike is currently closed for real reasons. There was a major fire in the area a few years ago which degrading soil and rock stability. There have been land and rockslides and make it very dangerous in such a confined canyon. We have hiked here and absolutely love it, really nothing compares. We truly want to return but don't want to die, so waiting until the Forest service says things are stable.

Really cool spot to visit in Oregon. Has amazing scenery. Can get slippery

This is the spitting image of what you see in the Oregon tourism commercials. Depending on the season, the water level will vary.

I love this hike in the summer! The logs can be slippery as you crawl over them - careful there. And the whole experience is much better if you're wearing water shoes and not carrying electronics that you have to worry about getting wet!

Just go. You will not regret it. GORGEOUS.

This short hike is a blast! Make sure it's warm when you go because the water is chilly and when I went I had to go through water up to my chin. Also be prepared for a lot of people as this seems to be a super popular adventure.

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