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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
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Oneonta Trailhead, Hood River County, OR, 97031, USA Hike Location 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. 3D Hike Map After a broad switchback, the Oneonta Trail follows Oneonta creek up towards Triple Falls. Hike Elevation Profile The hike to Triple Falls is a climb, but it's not too tough. Just take your time. Interactive Hike Map Oneonta Gorge Hike Map Downloads View a Printable PDF Hike Map Download the Hike GPX File Oneonta Gorge Hike Directions What to Expect 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. Triple Falls, at the end of the hike, is great place for a picnic or snack. 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. Turn by Turn Directions The Oneonta Gorge trailhead is across the street from the parking lot. The Oneonta Gorge hike is well marked, as are most of the trails in the Columbia River Gorge area. The trail is well defined. Keep hiking up the hill. After 0.2 miles, hike to the left at the switchback. At about 0.7 miles you’ll come to a trail sign. Hike to the right on the Oneonta Trail #424. 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. 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. Show your support for my free hiking guides by checking out the deals below.↓↓↓ You can also make a small donation if you'd like, but please don't feel obligated to do so. HikingGuy.com is a labor of love because I want people to get outdoors and enjoy the trails safely. I want people to buy gear that actually works and not waste money on crap. I love helping people enjoy the outdoors, but it takes hundreds of hours of my time and hundreds of dollars of my money to add new content, maintain, and update. A small amount of money from REI affiliate sales and banners help offset my hard costs like website hosting. The content on this site will always be free for everyone to enjoy.
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Read More A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.
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