This week’s travel pic is another close-to-home photo from one of the many wonderful hikes in the Columbia River Gorge: the trek to and beyond Horsetail Falls. You really don’t have to do any hiking to see the falls, since it’s visible from the parking area, but the best view of the falls (actually the Upper Horsetail Falls) requires marching along the switchbacks for about 15-25 minutes and then inching your way behind the falls to get to the other side, which is where this week’s pic was taken.
HorseTail falls Fast Facts
- If you rode a barrel down Horsetail Falls (not recommended), you’d plunge 176 feet (probably to your death).
- The Upper Horsetail Falls Trail extends for 1.3 miles where you can catch a peek of Oneonta Gorge, a narrow gorge that is home to many endemic species of plants (and crayfish too, watch your toes!).
- Need more of a walk? The trail intersects with Columbia Gorge Trail #400 that will take you to Triple Falls and then onto the 627-foot tall Multnomah Falls where you can refuel with an ice cream cone or a hearty meal.