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Triple Falls Hike

Triple Falls Hike

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  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • How to Get to Triple Falls
  • Triple Falls Trail Maps
Total Distance (?)3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Hike Time1:30 Hours (Total)
Difficulty (?)Easy
Total Ascent (?)910 feet (277m)
Highest Elevation790 feet (241m)
Fees & PermitsParking Fee
Dogs AllowedLeashed
Alerts & Closures (?)Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area45.580003, -122.072196
Park Phone541-308-1700
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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. 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.

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Triple Falls Trail Maps

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How Are You Going to Navigate This Hike?
If you are a hardcore hiker and/or hike in extreme conditions, I recommend getting a dedicated GPS like a GPSMAP 66sr or 66i, or a wrist-based GPS with maps like the Garmin Fenix 6. If you only hike in fair weather and a touchscreen is fine, or just want a solid tool, I highly recommend downloading the smartphone app, Gaia GPS. It’s a piece of cake to use and very powerful, just make sure your phone is in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get a big discount here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.

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

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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.

This guide last updated on March 15, 2019. Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.

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