Hike Oneonta Gorge

Cascade Locks, Oregon

4.8/5
based on 30 reviews

Details

Distance

1 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

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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Features

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Waterfall
Swimming Hole

Reviews

the hike was fairly easy for something that will give you spectacular photographs. although there were many people when we went, it made the experience a little more fun. almost like we all shared the experience together. the water was freezing cold but totally fun. nothing like looking up those mossy canyon walls.

This fall is actually my profile picture on here. It was an easy hike once getting over the log jam which is somewhat slippery but everyone helps everyone it seemed like to me. The falls was absolutely beautiful and the gorge as well. There was even a spot to the left of the falls that you could jump off of if you wanted to and it wasn't shallow(I went in mid-late July). Overall I would definitely recommend this hike to all ages and all hiking levels!

Visiting some Portland friends, (I'm from TX) she suggests this hike. It's already on my want to list. I loved climbing over the log jam. The water was down and when we got to the deep part it was up to my chest. I'm 5' 2.5". Chilly is not the word I would use for the temperature of the water AND still it was an amazingly beautiful gorge. A lot of people the day we went. I would definitely recommend this hike at least once!

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Nearby

Triple Falls

Horsetail Falls Loop

Ponytail Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop

Larch Mountain's Summit