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Oneonta-Gorge Trail Junction

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Signs at the trail junction (Steve Hart)
The stone wall above the junction (Steve Hart)



This is a trail junction on the Oneonta Trail with a lot of hidden nearby interest. The Oneonta Trail which has been heading west to this ppoint, switches back and head upward toward the east headed eventually to Triple Falls and Larch Mountain. The Gorge Trail #400 continues in a westward direction virtually level.

Just above this junction is an old stone wall, now partially collapsed and covered with moss. A bit of investigation shows that the wall once extended much further to the east, across a small stream bed to the hill on the other side. The purpose of this wall is unknown (at least to me). It might be part of the original wagon road that led through the Gorge, sometimes called the Sandy-The Dalles Wagon Road. On the other hand, it might be a retaining wall, built to protect the Columbia River Highway which lies directly below.

If you investigate the wall, during a wet spring, you'll hear the unmistakable sound of a waterfall above you. Hiking up a bit to the treeline reveals a rather tall, thin waterfall, which seems to only be active during the really wet part of the year.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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