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 ContactColumbia 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*.

La Sportiva Spire

La Sportiva Spire GTX

Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.

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Rei Flash 22

REI Flash 22 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

Joby Smartphone Tripod

Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.

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Triple Falls Trail Maps

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Here’s what I use to navigate my hikes. I recommend a combination of paper and electronic options with backups.

Gaiagps

Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is a planning and navigation tool that you can use on your phone, tablet, and the web. I use it on my phone when I need to interact with the map and know where my position is on it. I use it at home on the computer to plan routes. You can overlay maps such as public lands to find out free places to camp. It’s a powerful tool.

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Fenix Nav

Garmin Fenix 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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Topo Map

Topo Maps & Guide Books

Don’t be caught out if your batteries die. Take a topo map with you on the trail. Some people also print my guides out for use on the hike.

I also highly recommend taking a map and compass navigation course. It’s a few hours, it’s fun, and it could save your life.

Map and Compass Navigation Basics Classes

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

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.

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