Hike the Horsetail Falls Loop

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Distance

2.6 miles

Elevation Gain

600 ft

Route Type

Loop

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.

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almost 3 years ago

Great Views

I got great views of Horsetail Falls with this short hike. Even better, this quick hike gave me time to check out more waterfalls in the Gorge in the same trip.

Gorgeous

So glad I got the chance to hike this! Gorgeous waterfalls, an epic view point, and a great view of the river. This might be one of my favorite waterfalls I've done so far in the area.

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over 5 years ago

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

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