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RSNN
Portland, OR6,303 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I was wondering what this looked like now after the wild fire and with the old Scenic Highway opened up. Well, it is closed off. I saw its name listed at Multnomah Falls where they have posted a list of trails closed right now.

So the Onteona area where you used to park and go into the area id totally blocked off. You can't even park near it at all.

I drove further to Hortail Falls and enjoyed seeing that instead. You can hike here. And the trail goes behind the waterfall in the side of cliff wall. So you can hike behind it and look out at the water falling into the plunge pool. Great!

a good idea is to stop at Multnomah Falls Lodge and go to the Information place and ask them about where you can hike. And pick up a general map of the area and the waterfalls. it is FREE.
Written 17 March 2019
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Patrick F
Corvallis, OR32 contributions
Jun 2018
This is a short hike, but absolutely amazing. The hike is through the water, so bring proper attire. There is a large log jam, which means a long line to get started, but you can go around the jam and under water to bypass.
Written 6 January 2019
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand2,915 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We contemplated going to Oneonta Gorge but hesitated a bit by the descriptions of the hike over wet logs and walking in water. In the end, the decision was made for us, as the access road was closed due to heavy rain and landslides in the area. Maybe next time?!
Written 4 November 2018
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Violette54
Payson, AZ3,764 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The Oneonta Gorge is a scenic gorge located along the Columbia River. Because of the unique vegetation that grows there, this gorge has been designated as a botanical area by The U.S. Forest Service. It follows then that these plants are to be looked at but not touched, and that hikers should respect the growth and stay on the trail. Many of the varieties that grow here can grow only here in the Gorge.

There are four major waterfalls on the Oneonta Creek as it runs through the gorge.
Middle Oneonta Falls can be seen clearly from a footpath and is very often mistaken for the upper or lower falls. The drop of the Middle Falls is 24-feet and that’s the one we saw.
The Lower Gorge has been preserved as a natural habitat, so hikers don't usually go there. Thus, Lower Oneonta Falls can only be seen by walking upstream from the creek's outlet at the Historic Columbia River Highway.

If one really wants to see the entire Lower Falls, it is visible, but this can require wading through cold, chest-deep, water at certain times of the year. That's not for me.

The Upper Falls are about 1 mile upstream from the Middle Falls and require scrambling up the creek or climbing down a canyon wall to view. The Fourth Falls which is "Triple falls" can be seen from a vantage point on the upper trails in the canyon.
There is also a great old railroad tunnel that is now part of the pedestrian path.
Written 20 October 2018
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Shawna W
15 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Saw this beautiful jem while hiking beautiful waterfall and a nice little spot to hang out at and take photos
Written 1 April 2018
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elpeekay
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
Aug 2017
We really enjoyed this experience as we got to scale some logs, wade in waist-Deep water and enjoy a waterfall in the end. It is quite busy and the logs are quite dangerous (more so the people who run through or let their big dogs scale them without leashes) but it is well worth a visit.
Written 6 December 2017
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Isaiah S
Albany, NY118 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We originally set out to visit the really popular tourist place down the road. There was a 1 hour line of traffic though and no parking, so we decided to drive past it. What a great stroke of luck that decision was!
Parking was much easier and we got right in. You hike up the river. There's a giant log dam that you have to climb over.
This hike isn't the safest for really young kids or old people. There are a look of places you can get pretty hurt. Assuming you are up to the task though, the end is worth it! It opens up into a beautiful private gorge with a huge waterfall. It's a really magical scene to view. The sun was shining down and turning the water into glimmering diamonds. I'm really glad we took the hike. Photos don't do it justice. You have to experience it in person. Be prepared to get wet up to your waist too!
Written 17 October 2017
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Shiv508
Irving, TX69 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Oneonta gorge is one of the major attraction near Portland,OR. Trail starts with crossing log jam (difficult part of this trek). Many turned down seeing the huge log pile up. (risky to climb and cross) still doable.

After this just need to walk in the cold stream till beautiful Oneonta falls.

Note: No restrooms available and check weather conditions. (like Wildfire and also if the weather drops).

Enjoy the hiking.

Thanks and Regards,
Shiv
Written 6 September 2017
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schoong324
Boring, OR179 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
our beautiful Columbia Gorge is ruined by a teenager arsonist from Vancouver, Washington. Right now 32,000 acres are on fire. It won't recover in my lifetime.
Written 6 September 2017
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CharlotteChenPY
Taipei, Taiwan928 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
This is a nature special short hiking trail, around 1 mile we guess. It's not far away but not only walking, and will take you around 60-90 mins for having fun. As you could see in the photos, there are big woods and water, so better bring shoes for getting wet and climbing. The depth of the water could be deep, based on the weather, ice melting, raining or what, better check or ask before you heading to the gorge. Some also wear swimming suit directly. Sunshine is not helpful for increasing the temperature of water. It's still cold!!! So the best easy-visit timing is summer. This place is getting more and more popular. You won't find silence here but not crowded actually. I'll recommend it to all of our friends visiting Portland. It's a lot of fun compared to other famous waterfall nearby.
Written 4 September 2017
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