Triple Falls ©Greg Lief
Triple Falls ©Greg Lief

Triple Falls

Western Gorge, oregon

Start at the Oneonta Trailhead, as it parallels the old highway. Switchback and gain a couple hundred feet until the trail flattens out, coming to a junction with Horsetail Falls Trail (#438). Take a short jaunt down the Horsetail Falls Trail to see Middle Oneonta Falls and the first Oneonta Creek Bridge. After returning back on the Oneonta Trail (#424), climb to a pair of switchbacks as it traverses high above Middle Oneonta Falls (also known as Upper Oneonta Falls). Find a short, steep, and rocky path down to the falls from the main trail, just below the switchbacks.

For a longer hike, continue on the Oneonta Trail above the falls another 6.5 miles to Larch Mountain.

This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness at approximately a few hundred feet south of the junction of trails #438 and #424. Wilderness restrictions apply. Please note dogs must be on a leash in a wilderness area.

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Trail Map

Driving Directions

Oneonta Trailhead: From I-84, take Exit #35/Ainsworth and head west on the Historic Columbia River Highway for approximately 2.9 miles to the trailhead on your left/south. Parking is on the right/north.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: Out and Back
  • Length: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 740 feet
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Restroom Facilities: No
  • Fees and Regulations: None

Features:

  • Waterfall
  • Family Friendly

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Up to 3 miles, less than 700 ft. elevation gain
Moderate: Up to 5 miles, less than 1,500 ft. elevation gain
Strenuous: Up to 10 miles, up to 2,500 ft. elevation gain
Rugged: Over 10 miles, steep trail, over 2,500 feet elevation gain

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Contact Information

Credits

Trail maps are courtesy of NWHiker.org. Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of Portlandhikers.org.