This is a gorgeous hike following the Oneonta trail along the Columbia River Gorge. Not only will you reach a phenomenal natural flowing triple waterfall, but you will pass several other hidden beauties that are lying in wait along the Columbia River Gorge.

This hike, starting at the Oneonta Trailhead is a 3.2 mile roundtrip. You will gain approximately 600 feet in elevation as the trail often switches from moderate flat easy hiking to more difficult elevation gain and even a little bit of downhill. You will soon reach a junction point (#438) that leads to the Horsetail Falls trail where you can also view the Middle Oneonta Falls. Once you continue on from the junction you will start a series of switchbacks that will lead you upwards toward Upper Oneonta Falls. The final segment of the trail is a little sketchy as there have been multiple land slides. The last time I visited Triple Falls, the trail was actually under construction due to a landslide. The trail is typically very wide but the cliffs can still be dangerous so please proceed with caution!

Pack List

  • Plenty of water
  • Dry clothes
  • Camera
  • Durable shoes with good grip
  • Good friends
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RT Distance 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 600 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Never ceases to impress

One of my favorite hikes of all time, this one never ceases to impress. If you like waterfalls and tree canopies than this one is for you. It is also possible to begin at Horsetail Falls parking area, though parking can be competitive here. Like others have said this hike does have some steep inclines so some physical conditioning is recommended. And if you feel up to it you can continue past Triple Falls, about 1 mile past the falls the Oneonta Trail starts up and goes all the way to the summit of Larch Mountain.

Short but Sweet

This hike is perfect if you only have an afternoon or morning. It is not too long, but the view of the falls at the end is breathtaking!

Great Hike!

Gorgeous views and scenery - some parts are a bit steep so I agree it's more of an intermediate hike. But lots of photo opps and beautiful water scenes (long exposure). Highly recommend!


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