Ponytail FallsPonytail Falls is one of many waterfalls along the scenic Columbia Gorge area in Oregon. The family friendly hike to Ponytail Falls begins at Horse Tail Falls, about 40 minutes east of Portland off exit 3 when taking I-84.

This hike is a steep long trail. Roundtrip it’s about 1.5 miles, but you can take several different splits, including one to Triple Falls. We decided not to hike all the way to Triple Falls, because the kids were wiped out by the time we made it to the split. Kids over the age of 4 or 5 should be able to hike this trail. I do not recommend taking a stroller on this trail.

Along the Ponytail Falls hike you will be treated to beautiful views of the Columbia Gorge, Middle Oneonta waterfall, Lower Oneonta Falls, and the massive Oneonta Gorge.

There is no cost to hike Ponytail Falls and there is plenty of free parking. Nearby at Ainsworth State Park are clean bathrooms.


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