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Triple Falls Hike

Triple Falls Hike

In This Guide
  • 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

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.

Lone Peak 5

Altra Lone Peak 5
For most people, the Altra Lone Peak is a solid choice that will leave your feet feeling great at the end of any hike. The feel is cushy and light, and if it had a car equivalent, this would be a Cadillac or Mercedes Sedan. The grip is great and they’re reasonably durable for this type of trail runner, which I think is better in most conditions than a hiking boot, and here’s why. The downside of this shoe is that it won’t last as long as something like the Moab 2 (see alternate footwear choices at the bottom of my gear page). I’ve been using mine for many miles and my feet always feel great. Watch my video explaining why they are a great shoe here.

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Garmin Inreach Mini Beacon

Stay Safe Out of Cell Phone Range
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Garmin InReach Mini (REI | Amazon | My Review) fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing.

Gaiagps

Gaia GPS Mapping App
Smartphones are not backcountry instruments, but almost everyone has one today. And they all have GPS onboard. So I recommend getting a good GPS hiking app like Gaia GPS that supports offline maps. Just make sure to put your phone in airplane mode so the battery doesn’t drain. GaiaGPS not only has smartphone and tablet apps, but also an online planning tool. You can drag the GPX hike tracks from my (or any) guides into the online map and they will sync to your phone. You can also check for wildfires, weather, snow, and choose from dozens of map types with a premium membership (HikingGuy readers get up to 40% off here). Note that I also carry a paper map with me in case the phone dies or gets smashed.

Here’s my complete gear list that I personally use, have tested, and recommend, updated July 2021.

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Triple Falls Trail Maps

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If you try to download the GPX file and your browser adds a “.txt” or “.xml” extension to it, simply rename it as a “.gpx” file.

Fenix 6 Pro

How are you going to navigate this hike?
To start, you should always have a paper map and compass. And it helps to print this guide out or save it on your phone. I highly recommend a GPS as well. I use the Garmin Fenix 6 Smart GPS watch ( REI | Amazon | My Review) with maps (or the more affordable Garmin Instinct). The GPS smartwatch is nice because it’s rugged, works if your phone dies, and also has a billion other features like sleep tracking, workout recording, etc.

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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