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Road Trip Along the Columbia River Gorge

We decided to extend our visit home to Washington by going south to Oregon, where we explored the beautiful Columbia River by driving along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Our first stop was the very crowded Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge
Multnomah Falls, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge
Multnomah Falls, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge

A short drive away from Multnomah Falls is Vista House, which provides a scenic overlook of miles and miles of blue and green hues.

Vista House view point, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge

The scenic highlight of our mini road trip was Oneonta Gorge Falls, which I had initially thought was a “hidden” gem. Turns out it wasn’t so “hidden”… the secret is out.

Log jam of Oneonta Gorge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge
Oneonta Gorge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge
To get to the falls, careful meneuvering of this slippery log jam is required. It wouldn’t have been so difficult if it hadn’t been for the traffic, which was surprising considering we visited on a Monday.

Log jam of Oneonta Gorge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge

Oneonta Gorge, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge
The view is worth the crowds and log jam (that is, if you don’t slip on the logs).

After Oneonta Gorge, we continue along our road trip to Hood River, where our hotel was situated.

Bridge of the Gods on the Hood River, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge

Bridge of the Gods on the Hood River, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge
Long exposure night photography of the Bridge of the Gods on the Hood River, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon - American Expeditioners htt://americanexpeditioners.com/road-trip-columbia-river-gorge

Oneonta Gorge Overview

  • Coordinates: 45.58948, -122.07531
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Length: .5 Miles out & back
  • Things to note:
    1. There is a dangerously slippery log jam blocking the trail.
  • Tips:
    1. Bring aqua shoes.
    2. The Historic Columbia River Highway is busy with tourists during every day of the week. Arrive early in the day to avoid excess crowds.
  • Pets allowed: Yes