Oneonta Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge, just east of Portland, Oregon. The falls drop an impressive 86 feet in one single plunge into a deep pool below. This magnificent waterfall is easily accessed via Oneonta Trail and can be seen from both sides of the gorge.
Details about Oneonta Falls
The falls are created by Oneonta Creek which originates high up on the slopes of Larch Mountain in the Cascade Range. After cascading through several small pools, it plunges over Oneonta Falls before continuing its journey down to join with the Columbia River below. Visitors can access the falls from two directions – either by taking a short hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway or by taking a boat ride upriver from Cascade Locks to Starvation Creek State Park. From there, it’s a short walk to reach the top of Oneonta Falls where with amazing views of its three-tiered cascade as well as views of other nearby attractions such as Multnomah Falls and Wahkeena Falls.
Oneonta Falls is part of a larger network of waterfalls that make up what’s known as “the Triple Waterfall Loop”. This loop also includes Horsetail Falls, Lower Oneonta Falls, Upper McCord Creek Falls and Ponytail (Bridal Veil) Falls all within walking distance from each other.
Directions to Oneonta Falls
Address: 45.58570 -122.07268
To get to Oneonta Falls from Portland: Map
1) Take I-84 East towards Hood River/Cascade Locks.
2) Exit onto WA 14 West at exit 44 (towards Stevenson).
3) Drive approximately 2 miles until you reach a stoplight where you will see signs for “Oneonta Trailhead”. Turn left here onto Historic Columbia River Highway/Frontage Road.
4) Follow this road for about 1 mile until you reach a parking lot on your right side; this is the trailhead parking area. Park here and enjoy your hike!