A hidden gem in the interior of Historic Columbia River Highway, this is a very unique 1.5 mile round trip hike. Whereas hikes are usually along a river/shoreline, the trail for Oneonta Gorge is the river itself. Thats right, be prepared to climb above and under massive tree trunks, and then go shoulder deep into freezing gorge water to reach the absolutely stunning waterfall at the end of the gorge.
Words cannot explain what our eyes captured and our souls felt on this eventful day. It was the feeling in my half numb toes, the wind from the force of the waterfall in my hair, the fine spray of clearwater on my face. The sounds of people squealing as they entered the freezing water, and those voices being drowned by the thundering sounds as we approached the waterfall. The silence and awe in the air when we reached the end of the gorge and the canopy of water welcomed us.
This one will always hold a special place in my tiny little world.