Triple Falls
Western Gorge, Oregon
Triple Falls (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
alert Trail Alert, Oct 9, 2020: No loop encompassing Horsetail, Ponytail, and Triple Falls is possible at this time; the trail is closed after Ponytail Falls due to a landslide. The Oneonta Trailhead and this section of the Gorge #400 is also closed (fire damage). Access to Triple Falls is closed.
alert Trail Alert, Jul 24, 2020: This trail remains closed due to damage from the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. Check the Ready Set Gorge website - readysetgorge.com - for the latest updates on trail and recreation area closures.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
740 feet
Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms:
No
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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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.
 
- Hike descriptions were collaboratively written with the generous support of oregonhikers.org.
 
This hike enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness at approximately a few hundred feet south of the trail junctions of #438 and #424. Wilderness restrictions apply.


Directions & Travel Tips

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.