Hike the Horsetail Falls Loop

Horsetail Falls Trail

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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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 600 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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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.

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


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