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.
A short drive away from Multnomah Falls is Vista House, which provides a scenic overlook of miles and miles of blue and green hues.
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.
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.
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.
Oneonta Gorge Overview
- Coordinates: 45.58948, -122.07531
- Fees: FREE
- Difficulty: Easy
- Usage: Heavy
- Length: .5 Miles out & back
- Things to note:
- There is a dangerously slippery log jam blocking the trail.
- Bring aqua shoes.
- 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