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“Great falls and wildlife views!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oneonta Gorge

Oneonta Gorge
Portland, OR
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Ranked #3 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Lake Stevens, Washington
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great falls and wildlife views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The signs tell you to not cross the giant logjam because it is dangerous. It is dangerous, especially with small children. However, this is the best way to experience the gorge. Ancient lava tubes are still visible and the water is crystal clear. The water is very cold...be prepared for that! There is a nice strain of cutthroat trout in each creek in the Columbia Gorge and this one does not disappoint. Please dont fish. They are endangered.

Visited July 2012
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful locations in the Columbia River Gorge. Bring swimwear to get to the waterfall at the end (or you could try scaling the rocks for a challenge - it can be done!).

Visited August 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“One of the most beautiful places on earth!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This gorge was hard to reach, you can't get to the falls themselves unless you're willing to wade/swim through the water and climb over numerous rocks, logs, and obstacles. That being said, it is DEFINITELY worth it! Even if you can't climb up the gorge, the view from the road/trail is still breathtaking. This isn't one of the most visited falls, so there aren't nearly as many people here. If you're going through the Columbia Gorge area, you HAVE to stop here!

Visited April 2013
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Antarctica
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“Wonderful, with some planning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is one of earth's spectacular places, and you can get to it very easily from Portland. However, if you want to hike up the gorge, here is some advice:

1) Plan to go in the mid-morning on a warm/hot day in the summer. The water is cold, as it is snowpack runoff from Mt. Hood. Plan to be there by 11am or so, because it is a "knife-blade" gorge, very tall and narrow, and the light only reaches the bottom at around noontime. When it does, it is spectacular.

2) You will get wet, so pack accordingly. Most likely you will hike for at least some of the time in cold water up to your waist. Wear good shoes that don't mind being wet. Take spare socks, a towel, maybe a full set of spare cloths in sealed plastic bags. Make sure cell phones, wallets, cameras, etc are in truly waterproof bags.

3) As others have pointed out, be careful on the rocks and logs. Don't go alone. There is no cell service in the gorge. Make sure someone knows were you are going and when you'll be back (though you are unlikely to be alone there in the summer).

Visited July 2012
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“Quite beautiful -- be careful on the logs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

It is a lovely place. Especially on a hot day. Cool and shady spot.

Climb on the logs at the back & ee the lake that fromed behind, but be careful with young kids that they don't skid off wet logs get hurt.

There is a nice walk which starts 0.5 mile furher west at Horsetail falls - hike up, GO UNDER Ponytail Falls and cross to the top of Oneonta gorge . Cross the oneonta stream on a bridge & return to the road and walk back East to your car. About 3 miles and 800 ft El.gain. Lovely for an easy hike.

Visited April 2013
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