Triple Falls Hike

Triple Falls Hike

In This Guide
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • How to Get to Triple Falls
  • Triple Falls Trail Maps
Distance3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Hike Time1:30 Hours (Total)
DifficultyEasy
Total Ascent (?)910 feet (277m)
Highest Elevation790 feet (241m)
Fees & PermitsParking Fee
Dog FriendlyLeashed
Park WebsiteColumbia River Gorge National Scenic Area45.580003, -122.072196
Park Phone541-308-1700

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. The hike winds up above Oneonta Gorge, and you can look down on the raging creek as you hike on the trail above it. The Triple Falls hike can get crowded, but it’s no where near as crowded Multnomah Falls or Eagle Creek. And you get to see three waterfalls along the way!

Triple Falls, at the end of the hike, is great place for a picnic or snack.

Getting to the Triple Falls Hike

Use this trailhead address: Oneonta Trailhead, Hood River County, OR, 97031, USA.

Parking is free. If the trailhead lot is full, there’s additional parking east of the trailhead by the Oneonta Tunnel, a short walk away.

Gear for the Hike

This isn’t a long hike but it can get muddy and slippery. I do recommend basic hiking gear and hiking boots. Trekking poles will help with any slippery or muddy sections.

Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike.See All of My Best Gear Picks Here

La Sportiva Spire

High-Tech Hybrid Shoes

Great for all hikes – short ones to 10+ miles Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.

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Rei Flash 22

The Best Low-Cost, High-Quality Pack

This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.

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Joby On Triee

Best Tripod For the Outdoors

Joby tripods attach to anything. The legs are adjustable and grippy, so you can put them on trees, packs, rocks, whatever. And they work like regular tripods too. Works with everything from smartphones to DSLRs.

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Triple Falls Trail Maps

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Here’s How I Navigate The Hike

People ask me all the time, so here you go. I have a few backups that you can see on my gear page, but generally I use a combination of these tools.

Fenix 5x Hiking Nav

Garmin Fenix Map Watch

This thing does everything: maps, GPX tracks, compass, barometer, altitude, heart rate, blood oxygen, fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and the list goes on. I keep a GPX route on the watch so I can quickly glance down and make sure I’m in the right place.

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Gaia Gps

Gaia GPS

I load a few types of offline maps onto my smartphone when I need to interact with the map in detail. I also use it before my hikes as a planning tool for all kinds of things, including finding free government land to camp on. The benefits are many, I highly recommend it.

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Paper Nav

Topo Maps & Guide Books

Don’t be caught out if your batteries die. Take a topo map with you on the trail and learn how to read it. Some people also print my guides out for use on the hike. I’m a map geek and I love to pour over maps and guide books when planning my next adventure.

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Don’t just rely on a cell phone, especially if you are hiking in the backcountry.

Triple Falls Hike 3d map
After a broad switchback, the Oneonta Trail follows Oneonta creek up towards Triple Falls.
Triple Falls Hike elevation
The hike to Triple Falls is a climb, but it’s not too tough. Just take your time.

Triple Falls Hike Directions

There’s something simple you can do to support these free guides!

Oneonta Gorge trailhead
The Oneonta Gorge trailhead is across the street from the parking lot.
Triple Falls Hike sign
The Oneonta Gorge hike is well marked, as are most of the trails in the Columbia River Gorge area.
Triple Falls Hike trail
The trail is well defined. Keep hiking up the hill.
Triple Falls Hike trail
After 0.2 miles, hike to the left at the switchback.
Oneonta Trail #424
At about 0.7 miles you’ll come to a trail sign. Hike to the right on the Oneonta Trail #424.
Triple Falls Hike trail
At 1.3 miles, the trail splits. Hike either way. The lower route will give you more options for viewing Triple Falls. They both join up shortly though. The lower route has some rocks to sit on for a picnic.
Triple Falls
Soon after that split, keep hiking and you’ll arrive at a bridge. This is Triple Falls. To end the hike, turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.

If you see trash on the trail, please pick it up and carry it out. Be a good egg and practice no trace principles.

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