Monday, August 11, 2014

An Afternoon Adventure at the Oneonta Gorge in Portland

I’m a huge fan of road tripping, but sadly I can’t be road tripping as often as I’d like. Between larger road trips, I often take time to do day adventures along the west coast of North America. Last week we headed down to Portland for the day. It’s a mere 4 hour drive from Vancouver. We hit the border at 5am, and off we went to explore some of Oregon’s “7 Wonders.”

The Oneonta Gorge is a little hidden gem along the Columbia River Gorge that offers an amazing afternoon adventure. At first site, one might not know that you can trek through the Oneonta Gorge to a stunning waterfall. It simply looks like a beautiful creek along the Columbia River roadway. If you come here during the summer months, or on a weekend, you’ll be greeted by tons of tourists and locals exploring the gorge.

If you do decide to explore the Oneonta Gorge, and we highly recommend you do, plan to do so on a sunny day, and expect to get wet! From the parking lot, you start your trek through a low flowing creek, leading to a huge log jam. Make sure you wear good shoes, as you have to climb over several wet and slippery logs to get to the other side of the creek. From here, it’s a short 5 minute walk through the creek. Be warned, there is one large section of the creek where the water becomes chest deep, so be prepared to swim a little. We tried accessing the waterfall by walking along the rock-face just beside the creek, but you really can only get so far this way before you have to get in the water. The water is extremely cold, but very refreshing on a hot summer day!

A short distance later, you reach the waterfall. In some ways, the Oneonta Gorge reminds me of the Narrows in Zion. What do you think? Have you been to either the Narrows or the Oneonta Gorge before? Leave your comment below and let us know what you think of either place.


  1. I have heard about the Oneonta Gorge before but haven't been. Hopefully next time I'm in the PNW, I'll have time to check it out!

  2. I visited Oregon many times last time recently came back before crater lake with my family. We never get a chance to visit this fall. After reading your blog I want to go there in the next months with my friends.