Lower Oneonta Falls is not the kind of hike that you decide upon at the last minute. You’ve got to steel yourself for this one and there is prep work. I’m not saying it’s difficult, dangerous, or remote. On the contrary. This little gem can be tackled within an easy drive of Portland, Oregon, sans hiking poles and pack, and suffering a mighty hangover. (Okay, the famous log jam might test the hangover.) Complex, it is not. But this popular route does have one compelling attribute that sets it apart from every other trail in the Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Area.
The trail is a creek. You heard me: a creek.
TIP #1: Wear something you want to see wet. Because if you are in Oneonta Creek, you are on the trail. The creek IS the trail, and you will be wearing it. A narrow gorge…
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