Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Oneonta Gorge

It wouldn't be summer without a visit to the Oneonta Gorge.  It's a very short hike but quite unique. Instead of hiking along a trail, you hike along a creek bed. First, you must brave a huge log jam, which can be quite intimidating to climb over. It has to have been building up for decades. Most of the creek bed is shallow, but there is a short section which gets deep enough to require swimming most years.  This year, the water level was unusually low and the water was only chest deep, but still bracingly cold.  At the end, there is a swimming hole and a stunning waterfall. We met our homeschool group there and thoroughly enjoyed the ramble.  

Jasper was excited to catch this freshwater sculpin.
Cedar waxwings flitted around Oneonta Creek in search of insect snacks.
Afterwards, we went to Horsetail Falls and hiked the Horsetail Falls Loop.  It passes above Oneonta Falls but the falls are out of sight.  However it also goes straight to Ponytail Falls and the trail winds directly behind the falls.  This is an especially fun hike in the Columbia River Gorge.

Horsetail Falls.
Ponytail Falls.
Ponytail Falls.
Behind Ponytail Falls.

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