As with many of us, there are competing demands on my time. In my case, I’m juggling coursework, an internship, a job and several other commitments, so I don’t have as many opportunities as I’d like to get outdoors.
However, one of the great things about living in Portland is its proximity to stunning natural wonders. Joined by my roommates, I recently took a hike to Triple Falls, just 45 minutes outside of the city.
The easy to intermediate hike to Triple Falls, a distance of about 3-4 miles, provides stunning views and waterfalls from the get-go. The trail begins at Horsetail Falls off the old highway in the Gorge, continuing on past Ponytail Falls. On a wet day, you can look up along the sides of the canyon to spy mini-waterfalls created by water runoff about two miles into the hike.
You’ll cross several bridges before joining the Oneonta Trail, which will take you on the final push to the top. The trail here switches between moderately steep inclines and flatter terrain, providing a variety suitable to most levels. You’ll want to stand on the lookout point just off to the left of the trail for the best view of the falls.
The hike can also be started from Oneonta trailhead, from which point it will be about a 4-mile hike in and back.
More information can be found here: http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Triple_Falls