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 Jay on 9/4/2007
This is a good hike. Most people won't have a heart attack on it, but your legs might feel it a littl the next day. Good inclines and rewarding views along the trail. But, I would suggest taking some shoes you can get wet and add the extra mile hike up the Oneonta gorge to Oneonta Falls. It is waist deep at the end of Summer and is a lot of fun. Just don't leave your cell phone in your back pocket.
Reviewed by shawn on 6/23/2007
very nice hike beuitiful visuals be carful though might run into a black bear like me and my partner did.Always be alert and this hike will be a most joyful one.
Reviewed by BH&CM on 5/13/2007
Reviewed by Karen on 4/28/2007
This is a beautiful hike. The scenery is somewhat like a fantasy fairly land. The hike is not as strenuous as I would have liked.
Reviewed by eap on 1/24/2007
For family camping and fun this is the place to go!
Reviewed by renee on 9/30/2006
i went with my husband and two children, one 6 the other 3. it was great, however some of the trail sides are sheer drops so i recomend leaving small children or children who cannot obey well at home. i think i had to say "no running" at least 50 times!!!
Reviewed by Al on 9/22/2006
Great hike. Fair difficulty as far as trail hikes go. If you've any experience with off trail hiking or backpacking, this is a cake walk--however, if you do not get regular exercise I would recommend considering a shorter hike.
Reviewed by Sheila on 7/17/2006
If you go all the way up, this trail is moderate to difficult. A lot of rock/boulder climbing, going through brush and quite a few steep areas. This trail is like being on a stair-climber most of the way. My 14 yo did OK, but all of us were pretty done-in by the end of this one.
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