Taking advantage of what looked to be the warmest day so far this year I headed out to the gorge for a hike. I didn't have a plan so this was completely ad libbed. As I passed Multnomah and saw the tremendous volume coming over the falls I thought to give Oneonta a shot. (Multnomah was already busy). Arriving at the Horsetail TH, the falls, absolutely roaring, so off I went.
Lots of rocks and trees down but nothing that was more than a minor irritant: This is right near the start of the trail:
Incredible flow over the upper falls:
More downed trees and rocks past there but again, just minor stuff:
"Lake Oneonta" was full.
Huge ice accumulations in the canyon have started to melt but have a long way to go.
This is just before the Triple Falls viewpoint. Again, easy to pick your way through.
Looking downstream from the bridge above the falls:
I hadn't needed spikes at all so far and the few spots where snow and ice covered the trail were well tracked and easy to navigate. However, above the bridge, things changed dramatically so I called it a day:
4.9 miles, two hours, 1,030' vertical.