Hike Oneonta Gorge

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Distance

1 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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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Is my absolute favorite hike, it was amazing just to be in the gorge and look up. If I ever make it back to Portland I will def check this spot out again.

Short hike with most beautiful view at the end!

This has been on my list of places to go forever and I was finally able to make it there during a business trip. The hike was short mile & the water is crystal clear and incredibly cold but worth every bit!! Everyone is incredibly friendly and respectable about allowing each person to get a picture at the gorge without tourist in the background.

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over 5 years ago

Came here on a weekend in Mid-August and the place was crowded. Toddlers and dogs among many other people were tumbling over logs and each other to get over the log jam. Beware that if you have small children with you this may not be the hike for you.... However if you do you wish to stumble and test you balancing and climbing skills over the pile of logs, the challenge is well worth it! Portions of the walk to the falls are through the creek/river and it can get about chest deep during the time we went. (However it could often be deeper since we went during the summer in a drought) Also make sure to bring a swimsuit so you can swim under the falls at the very end!

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