Horsetail Falls and Upper Horsetail Falls
By Bryan Dorr, 31 Jul. 2012 at 21:28 PT Filed under: Archived
In the Columbia River Gorge just east of Multnomah Falls along the Historic Columbia River Highway, or the Historic Route 30, are Horsetail Falls and Little Horsetail Falls (also called Ponytail Falls). Finding Horsetail Falls is quite easy because the falls plunges 175 feet into a pool right off the highway a few miles east of the popular Multnomah Falls.
To see Upper Horsetail Falls, hike about a half mile from the Horsetail Falls trailhead. With an elevation gain of only 200 feet on the half mile dirt trail, this hike is considered quite easy. The trail cuts under a basalt cliff where Upper Horsetail Falls spouts.
There is plenty of parking at the trailhead and there is no fee or passes required. A few picnic tables are available at the trailhead where one can enjoy a nice sandwich while listening to the falls as it plunges into the pool. There are no restrooms, so your best bet are either at Ainsworth Park (open seasonally) or at Multnomah Falls.