Hike Oneonta Gorge

1 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

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.


Swimming Hole


1 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Eric Szakacs

over 4 years ago

Beautiful day hike for Northern Oregonians. Avoid peak hours if you don't like crowds!

Micah Bartel

over 4 years ago

Go during the week, as weekends (especially sunny weekends) are packed with people and it takes away from the experience a little bit

Amy Paez

over 4 years ago

Definitely wear shoes. It's very slippery throughout. I wore cross trainers with dual layered socks, and they got the job done well and dried out enough to be comfortable for a separate hike right after finishing this one. Boots would have been too heavy for me. Around the beginning with the log jams, it's more muddy and you may sink into it a bit. I'm only 5'2" and the water in the deepest part (about 3/4 of the way in) was up to my chin. I had to swim that short distance as the current was too strong for me to try to walk it when it at that depth. Most of the hike it varied between ankle and waist deep though. The water was also really cold! I almost instantly went numb. There are a few spots to try and get out of it for a moment that I utilized along the way. There's no place to change your clothes except your car. I was comfortable with quick drying material for the rest of the day. I wouldn't recommend bring kids on this one. You won't get very far with them. Teenagers should do well enough though. It was a great experience, and I'm glad I did it!