When the rainy season begins, there’s no place better to be than in the Columbia River Gorge. With the low misty clouds, rocky cliffs and evergreens, the Gorge takes on the look of a traditional Chinese watercolor painting.
A slightly rainy day is a great time to hike to Triple Falls… and beyond to the mossy green world beside Oneonta Creek.
This hike begins at Horsetail Falls, which is right on the old Columbia River Highway. After several switchbacks, walk behind Ponytail Falls and see where the creek drops off to create Horsetail Falls and then off to join the Columbia River. The Oneonta Gorge and Falls is next, although the bigger falls are not visible from the trail, another waterfall is in great view from the bridge. Past this, and quite a few switchbacks up rocky trails, is Triple Falls. Our favorite area is just past Triple Falls… over the new bridge to a super mossy green wonderland. We stopped here for a snack and spent time exploring along the creek before heading back.
waterfall on Oneonta Creek
Oneonta Creek, just above Triple Falls
Oneonta Creek from the bridge
the creek just before it goes over Triple Falls