Waterfalls, Waterfalls, Waterfalls


A beautiful autumn day. Another wonderful morning punctuated with the the sights and sounds of skeins of geese flying south.

Joined by my favorite model and cousin Shelley, we parked near Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. After a short walk along the old Columbia Gorge Highway we began switchbacking up the cliffs to an overlook above the tight slot canyon of Oneonta Gorge. Another mile ascending through a rain forest and 120-foot Triple Falls was reached. A section of the trail had been removed by a landslide and repaired with a steep muddy detour.

After a nice lunch we returned down the trail and crossed Oneonta Creek on a footbridge below 55-foot Upper Oneonta Falls. Then it was up the east side of the gorge, around the face of the cliffs and into the next canyon which held 125-foot Ponytail Falls.

This is a unique and interesting part of the trek. The trail leads through an open cavern behind the falls. After heading east for a short distance, we switchbacked down the cliffs beside 175-foot Horsetail Falls before returning to the parking area.

A very entertaining outing with world-class scenery.

Columbia River

Columbia River

My Favorite Model and Cousin Shelley at beginning of hike

My Favorite Model and Cousin Shelley at beginning of hike

Triple Falls

Triple Falls

Foot bridge over Oneonta Gorge

Foot bridge over Oneonta Gorge

Maple leaves beginning to turn color

Sun shining through Maple leaves beginning to turn color

Salmon spawning in Eagle Creek

Salmon spawning in Eagle Creek

My Favorite Model and Cousin Shelley by Horsetail Falls

My Favorite Model and Cousin Shelley by Horsetail Falls

Hiker below Ponytail Falls

Hiker below the arch plunge of Ponytail Falls

Upper portion of Ponytail Falls

The narrow steep slide of upper Ponytail Falls

My Favorite Model and Cousin Shelley behind Ponytail Falls

My Favorite Model and Cousin Shelley behind Ponytail Falls

Upper Oneonta Falls

Upper Oneonta Falls

Horsetail Creek

Horsetail Creek

Categories: Columbia River Gorge HikesTags: , , , ,

1 comment

  1. John,
    I always enjoy see your favorite model in your pictures now with Cousin Shelly we get a bonus.
    Thanks & God Bless

    Ed Lyon
    Community Director, FCA Ventura County
    P.O. Box 6033, Ventura, CA 93006
    805-746-4725
    elyon@fca.org

    See our Vision
    http://www.venturacountyfca.org

    FCA UCLA Sports Camp
    http://www.vimeo.com/35350998

    FCA Ventura County Golf Tournament
    https://fca.webconnex.com/2014annualgolftournament

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Mathew 6:21
    Please Donate: http://www.venturacountyfca.org/donate

    Like

What's your opinion?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: