Hike the Horsetail Falls Loop

Oregon Horsetail Falls Trail

Added by Scott Kranz

Get great views of 3 amazing Gorge waterfalls with this short hike. Even better, this quick hike gives you time to check out more waterfalls in the gorge.

Start off on this loop from Horsetail Falls Trailhead. It never hurts to start a hike with a view of Horsetail Falls. This 2.5 mile loop will start you off on Gorge trail #400 up Horsetail Falls Trail. You’ll encounter a few switchbacks before the trail flattens out and leads you into the valley toward Ponytail Falls. As you continue on this loop, you’ll get to hike behind the falls.

After continuing on the Trail, you’ll reach Oneonta Gorge. Once you’re here, you’ll be able to see the top of Oneonta Falls. From here, you’ll continue hiking for about a mile until you’re back at the trailhead.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Trail shoes
  • Lightweight Jacket
  • Snacks
  • Water
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Skill Level:



Year Round

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2.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet




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5 months ago

Fun Little Hike!

A nice relaxing hike around the gorge that offers a great experience of hiking under a waterfall! Recommend if you are visiting the Oneonta gorge below to pair the hikes together for a good time

5 months ago

10 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful falls and it gets you away from the crowds near the road.

10 months ago

Added by Scott Kranz

Seattle-based Adventurer, Photographer, and Writer

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