Walk behind these falls that truly resemble the tail of a horse in the Columbia River Gorge area of Oregon.
About The Hike
The hike to Horsetail Falls or Upper Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls as they are sometimes referred to can be as simple as a 1-mile out & back.
A more scenic route will start at the Oneonta Trailhead and use the Gorge Trail #400 to the Horsetail Falls Trail #438 which would be about a 3-mile out & back.
The Gorge Trail as of September 2021 is only open to the point of Lower Oneonta Falls and is closed due to a landslide occurring after the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017 making the Oneonta Gorge inaccessible at the moment.
Where the trail is closed, you'll see a bridge crossing the gorge which is what you can take to get to Upper Horsetail Falls instead.
This section of the hike will have some good wildflowers and regrowth following the 2017 forest fire.
Regardless of which path you choose, they'll both end up at Upper Horsetail Falls and give you a 360-degree view as the path travels behind the falls and under the basalt columns.
Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls
Distance: .9 Miles
Type: Out & Back
Ascent: 331 feet
AllTrails Link - Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls
Getting There and Important Information
The Horsetail Falls are located along the Historic Columbia River Highway in Oregon and have a designated parking area with signs.
Horsetail Falls can be viewed directly from the parking area while Upper Horsetail Falls will require a quick walk to reach.
Both routes are suitable for hikers of most ages with moderate elevation gain and well built trails.
No camping nor overnight parking is allowed.
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