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Oneonta Gorge

Columbia Gorge, Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014 USA

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  • Independent
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“home to the emerald canyon”

This is a truly unique hike, unlike any other. Wade through a river, which varies in depth depending on the time of year...the river is the trail! Oneonta Gorge is one of those hidden treasures that you just have to see to believe. Tucked away within the stunning Columbia River Gorge (which is a natural wonder all on its own), this magical creek might be one of America's most beautiful hikes. It was a miner '49er named Carleton Eugene Watkins, originally on the West Coast for the California gold rush, who first photographed the area, and he was the one who gave the gorge its name-- he called it "Oneonta" after his hometown of Oneonta, New York. Just fair warning-- if you do plan on hiking through the enchanting gorge, be prepared to get wet; at times the stream itself is the actual trail, taking you past enormus basalt walls covered in emerald green moss and bubbling, sparkling waterfalls. The lower gorge is a protected habitat for the rares lichens and ferns and wildlife, hence the need to walk upstream through the creek. There are four major waterfalls along the gorge (Upper Oneonta Falls, Middle Oneonta Falls, Lower Oneonta Falls and the triple falls), so the hike, which at times can be through chest-deep water, is totally worth it. If you'd rather not get wet while exploring Oneonta, don't sweat-- there are also trails and observation decks and bridges on dry land through other parts of the verdant gorge, so people of all hiking skill levels can experience it for themselves.

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Reviewed by
angelprobst

  • 1 Review
  • 11 Helpful
February 05, 2018

Oneonta is one of my favorite hikes. That being said the Eagle Creek Fire has damaged this hike. My heart hurts for the land and this hike is closed for the foreseeable future. There will be falling rocks and other issues that make this hike currently unsafe. Please respect the land and give it time to heal so we can all enjoy this hike when it reopens in the years to come.

11 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
froyce

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
February 27, 2018

Oneonta Gorge Trail like most trails on the western to middle part of Oregon side in the Columbia Gorge are closed due the devastating fire last summer. Please give the trails time to heal and don't attempt to hike here.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 176 Helpful
August 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

I'm dying to go here! Apparently the gorge is not accessible by trail. Rather you must walk up the creek bed, over a large and perhaps unstable log jam, through the gorge, and up to your waist (or even torso depending on your height and the time of year) in water until you finally see your prize.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chris Kyttle

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 13, 2017

Currently closed until spring

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mjon

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

Breathtaking!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dilee777

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 01, 2018

Closed until Spring/Summer2018:. For more information, check out: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation

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Reviewed by
terri.kinney.3

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

This very short hike was great fun! Flip flops won't cut it and make sure you have good water protection for your phones and cameras since we had to walk through at least 4ft deep water in addition to the Jaeger log jam. We were there around 9am and parking was nearly full. It's a mini-adventure.

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Reviewed by
gabbieg

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 21, 2016

Hiking up the Oneonta Gorge was a fun adventure!! I read that it was an easy hike; that isn't true. The hike requires climbing over a log jam and wading through cold water. Proper shoes are a must and only bring with you what is necessary. The hike itself is fun, but the reward is seeing the falls at the end.

Go as early as you can, because it gets a bit crowded.

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Reviewed by
mdmichaeldoty

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Definitely one of my favorite places, gorgeous all the way till the main event. Fun, not too long, cold water, and a beautiful ending.

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Reviewed by
DustinThompson66

  • 12 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

The water is really cold and the log jam takes some skill to get over, but the amazing views are well worth it! This place is a must see!

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Oneonta Gorge

Columbia Gorge
Cascade Locks, Oregon
97014 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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