Distance: 1 mile
Difficulty: Difficult (Climb over the log jam)
Elevation Gain: 0 feet
Trail Use: Hiking
Congestion: Heavy during the summer months
Hike Type: In and out
Pass Required: Northwest Forest Pass
Season: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall
Dogs Allowed: Not recommended. Would be dangerous with the log jam.
Family Friendly: No. People have died on the log jam.
The Oneonta Gorge is one of the most popular sites to visit in the Columbia River Gorge. It is easy to see why once you visit. It is a short hike at only 1 mile long, but in that 1 mile it offers plenty of danger, difficulty, stunning views and just plain cool factor.
You start the hiking walking down man made stairs. From there you are on your own. Make your way up creek to the “log jam”. You will need to scramble over they log jam that spans about 10 yards. Be extremely careful as logs may be slippery.
Once over the log jam, make your way up the gorge. At this point you will be enjoying the amazing views of walking between the cliffs. Certain sections of the gorge could have up to neck high (or deeper) water. So be prepared to get wet. But eventually you will make your way to Lower Oneonta Falls. Enjoy!