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The Triple Falls hike from Oneonta Gorge is scenic, great for beginners, and doesn't have the big crowds that many other Columbia Gorge hikes have. And you get to see three waterfalls along the way!
3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Oneonta Gorge Hike Trail Maps
Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
Oneonta Trailhead, Hood River County, OR, 97031, USA
The Oneonta Trailhead is 45 minutes east of downtown Portland, OR, and 15 minutes west of the Columbia River Gorge hub of Cascade Locks, OR.
After a broad switchback, the Oneonta Trail follows Oneonta creek up towards Triple Falls.
The hike to Triple Falls is a climb, but it's not too tough. Just take your time.
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