Light fills Oneonta Gorge, just east of Multnomah Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Oneonta Creek at the gorge opening.
The hefty logjam at the beginning of Oneonta Gorge creates a daunting entry.
Even on a hot, dry day, maneuvering the slick surfaces of the logjam requires some finesse.
The shifting sun casts ever-changing shades of green through the Oneonta Gorge.
Oneonta Creek is glass clear and ice cold.
Due to Oneonta Gorge's microclimate, plant species are found here that more commonly appear at much higher elevations.
Moss blankets the walls of the Oneonta Gorge.
Log and rock fall constantly shift the landscape at the gorge floor.
Crisscrossed logs hang precariously above the gorge.
The only drawback to Oneonta Gorge, if any, is that its beauty attracts visitors.
Mossless stretches of wall reveal the complex basalt patterns that formed Oneonta Gorge.
Creek depths vary as much as toe-shallow to chin-deep.
A pristine waterfall rewards hikers who reach the gorge's end.
Get a glimpse of this lush mossy retreat just east of Portland.
Slideshow: Oneonta Gorge