Hike Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge - Search Nearby - 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.

Distance

1 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Hiking

River
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Surreal spot. Go early!!!

Went on a Friday at 7am. Gorge was completely empty both to and from the falls and up until we got back to the parking lot. I'd strongly suggest going early. It's a whole different experience when you're there with just the gorge, falls, and your party there to enjoy it. Plus, it may allow for some good wildlife viewing. During our visit a Great Blue Heron was chilling in the gorge. A fun sight to see.

Mitch Loar

almost 3 years ago

Awesome Nature But Lots Of People

This was an amazing nature walk through water. Go during the week because Sunday was equivalent to going to Disneyland during a holiday. It was packed with people!!!

Something Different And Unreal

This hike may be one of the shortest hikes I have ever done, but it is one of the most amazing! It's just different. When you get to the log jam it's like crossing into a hallway of serene beauty! I do recommend VERY highly you avoid going at peak hours for the max experience as walking in the gorge by yourself or when it's more quite is a unreal perspective. Another one of my favorite parts; the trail is water! Bring a raft or get ready to be wet! If you are in the Columbia river/Mt Hood area doing hike easily recommend taking a tiny portion of your day to check this spot out!

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