Summary: This hike could be a bit confusing. You see Horsetail falls at the trail head, but you don't see it from the trai again. You climb steeply on switchbacks up to another falls, Upper Horsetail or Pony Tail, which you can walk behind. The kids enjoyed that. Some people might stop here. If you keep going, you eventually cross the Oneonta Gorge on a high footbridge and see another falls right next to the bridge. Continue up the hill from the bridge, and the trail forks. Tripple Falls is not marked, but stay to your left and keep climbing. The going is a bit tough on little ones and those out of shape, and there are some steep drops offs. Stick with it, though, and you'll be rewarded with a tripple falls and a nice place to rest. Dave (7) and Grace (11) were a bit unprepared for this one, though Dave came out ahead of Grace in the whining department. Kids can do it - just let them rest and bring water and a snack. This is a good Sunday afternoon hike.
Trailhead: The Horetail Falls trailhead is just 30 miles east of Portland on the Columbia River Scenic Highway. From Portland Drive 35 miles east on I84 to Exit 3/Ainsworth State Park exit, then go west on the Scenic Highway to Horsetail Falls. Park on the north side of the freeway. You can also get there by following the Scenic Highway past Multnomah falls headed east. The trailhead is on the south side of the road right next to Horsetail falls. (Lat:45.5905 Lon:-122.0696)
Trail Guides for Horsetail Falls / Tripple Falls, near Mult. Falls:
Pacific Northwest Hiking 1000 Hikes in OR and WA
by Ron C. Judd and Dan A. Nelsen (Avalon Travel Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Columbia River Gorge Nat'l Scenic Area, 503-668-1440
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by DA on 6/1/2010
My son and I took this hike the fourth weekend in May. I'm thankful that the weather was cool and damp because I'm not in the best of shape and the first half mile or so was tough for me but very pleasant after that. Makes me wish I'd brought a change of t-shirt and outer shirt. We did not backtrack as suggested and continued on to the highway to the Oneonta parking lot. Not sure how much extra time this added. We skipped walking the Oneonta gorge but will definitely do it next time around. Great views of the Columbia Gorge, diverse flora and a half dozen falls all await those who venture to trek.
Reviewed by Jp on 2/28/2010
Wonderful Hike, a moderate quick climb, with a wonderful destination. The falls are amazing, and the bridge over the bridge over triple falls has been rebuilt. Well worth the climb.
Reviewed by jdwig. on 7/17/2009
I love this hike and want to do it again and again. triple falls is so cool and I just think this trail is awesome. kids can hike it it too!!
Reviewed by LB on 7/16/2009
"Triple" does not have two p's "Double" does not have two b's either.
Reviewed by Laura on 11/28/2008
This was a nice, close hike. We went the day after Thanksgiving, so it was a tad on the crowded side, but once we got past Oneonta Gorge it thinned out some. I was a bit bummed to discover that the bridge over Triple Falls had washed out, so you can't get to the turnaround that Anne mentioned in her comment. We ended up going back to the fork and taking the other trail for a bit, and found some nice views of the Columbia.
Reviewed by Elise on 7/23/2008
Thanks for the correction on the listed directions. Really pretty hike, after you get passed the first mile or so where you can hear the traffic. Great for an easy hike with kids.
Reviewed by Tom on 7/21/2008
Correction on the directions listed...the exit is #35. Nice hike and a lot less crowded than Mult falls.
Reviewed by Anne on 3/2/2008
Easier than the Larch Mountain trail, shorter than Eagle Creek, and harder than Angel's rest. If you go fast you can get a good workout, but it's not going to wear you out too much. Exceptionally pretty scenery, some steep dropoffs and quite a lot of people with dogs. Took us about 2.5 hours. Triple Falls is unmarked but it's the short falls that spill down like three columns. About a mile after that is a turnaround point.
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