This is an amazing 2.6 mile loop that takes you by three different waterfalls. Right when you pull in to the parking lot you see Horsetail Falls where the trailhead starts.
Follow the trail up to the first intersection and turn right to stay on trail #438. After a few switchbacks you see this view. Woo hoo!
But wait, it gets better. After you turn the next corner you’ll see Ponytail Falls or upper Horsetail falls. You get to walk underneath it.
The trail eventually takes you to Oneonta Canyon. The switchbacks lead you down to a metal bridge that crosses Oneonta Creek. Try not to be freaked out by the sign that suggests you cross the bridge one person at a time due to its engineering.
The view from this bridge shows you Middle Oneonta Falls.
The trail takes you back up for more stunning views.
Eventually you turn right on the Oneonta Trail which will take you to the parking lot. You have to walk 1/2 mile on the road to get back to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead, but you get to pass Oneonta Gorge and go through this cute little tunnel.
How to get there:
From Portland take I-84 East to Exit 28 for Bridal Veil Falls. Drive East on the Historic Highway for 5.6 miles. You’ll pass Multnomah Falls and Oneonta Gorge before you get to the Horsetail Falls parking lot.
This time of year the trail was very slick and icy in certain places. It’s manageable but be sure to walk carefully and slowly through those parts. Happy hiking!