November 13, 2011

Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Oneonta Gorge & Triple Falls

Location: Columbia River Gorge
Distance: about 5 miles
Elevation gain: 700 ft.

One of my favorite hikes, especially in the fall when the rains begin. The hike begins at Horsetail Falls, up several switchbacks to the small canyon with Ponytail Falls, then down to Oneonta Gorge. After a junction with the Oneonta trail, it’s about another mile to Triple Falls. Just beyond this is our favorite area alongside Horsetail Creek. There were lots of mushrooms along the trail today. A lesson in safety: just seconds before we were at Ponytail Falls, a boulder flew down a ravine, hitting the trail in front of us.

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