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Oneonta Gorge

Portland, OR
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Ranked #5 of 308 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Geologic Formations
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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Make sure to hike back through the gorge. You will have to climb over large fallen logs - so have appropriate foot wear. Also be prepared to wade through some cold water. worth it

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Hereford, AZ
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A friend I was visiting in Portland took me to this place. We had our two dogs with us. While her dog did great, my dog slipped and fell into the water as we were getting around the fallen trees at the start. We didn't go much father, as we didn't want our dogs to get hurt, so we left.... More

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Marietta, GA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Oneonta Gorge is a most unusual but beautiful place and was the highlight of our day exploring the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. The parking area is well marked and easy to get a spot. I would warn people though that climbing over the log jam is not for the faint of heart as it is pretty large and... More

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Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Feel like doing something crazy? I didn't know what was ahead of me. Bring a bathing suit or an extra set of clothes. This beautiful fall his tucked away behind a few hurdles. I recommend this little adventure to fit and active individuals. You have to climb over huge tree logs, walk through water and you will get wet. One... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you're out in the Gorge and you have no aversion to water this is a nice watery walk. You kind of just drive up the highway and hit them all, but this one I think we needed to get our feet wet.

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Hood River, OR
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not going to find many adventures that pack more into such a short distance. This hike is awesome for a hot summer day and is best combined with another hike in the area (preferably at the end since you will be wet). This is more than just a swimming hole or waterfall hike, it's an experience into a scenic gorge... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Oneonta Gorge is one of my very favorite spots. Cut into the ancient rock walls of the Columbia River Gorge by Oneonta Creek, this gorge is smaller, but is spectacular in its own way. As other reviewers have noted, the hike is quite short (just 1 mile or so), but it is not for the casual hiker or faint of... More

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Battle Ground, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is our absolute favorite place to go in the gorge. Enjoy the hike in and if you choose to get over the log jam- you will be rewarded with a great place to swim and hang out- when you get back over the lots- sit down and enjoy the view and rest!

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Hot in Portland? It does get hot sometimes. On one of those days, our family decided to try a new spot in the Columbia Gorge. We have individually and as a family hiked many parts of the Gorge. But we never went to the Oneonta swimming hole before. Sounded like fun! If you start where Oneonta Creek meets the Columbia... More

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I knew going into the hike that wading would be required. I had no idea that you had to climb over a 50-log jam, swim through glacially cold waters, wade through the creek, and then finally get to the waterfall. It was SO fun. Everyone there was helping out and encouraging one another. It is very dangerous. One slip on... More

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