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.

This hike is part of our 2014 Histories & Mysteries Challenge. Let us lead you to some of the geologic and historic features that make the Gorge unique!

Trail Map

Driving Directions

Take I-84 East to Exit 28 Bridal Veil. Drive east on the Historic Highway 5.1 miles to a small parking lot on the left, just before the Oneonta Gorge. From the east, take Exit 35 Ainsworth State Park, drive west on the Historic Highway 2.9 miles to the trailhead.

Hike Information:

  • Type of Hike: Out and Back
  • Length: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 740 feet
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Restroom Facilities: Yes
  • 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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Credits

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