This beautiful 176 foot waterfall is located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge and it is easily accessed, from the Historic Columbia River Highway. The shape of the falls and the rounded rockface over which it flows cause it to resemble a horse's tail.

To the North of the falls on the other side of the Historic Columbia River Highway there is a small parking lot with room for perhaps 8-10 cars. The parking lot is too small to accomodate an RV. Just to the east of the falls is the start of a trailhead which will allow hikers to continue on up to upper Horsetail Falls (also known as Ponytail Falls).

The hike to the upper falls is about 3/4 of a mile with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Make sure you pack a water bottle as it can be a bit of a climb. For the determined hiker, the trail continues beyond the falls and is part of an extensive hiking loop trail system.

The hike to the upper falls is about 3/4 of a mile with an elevation gain of 1000 feet. Make sure you pack a water bottle as it can be a bit of a climb. For the determined hiker, the trail continues beyond the falls and is part of an extensive hiking loop trail system.

To download a US Forest Service map of the trail system in this area, click here.



Driving Directions

  • 84 to Exit 3/Ainsworth State Park exit, then go west on the Historic Highway to Horsetail Falls. Park on the north side of the road.
  • You can also get there by following the Scenic Highway past Multnomah falls headed east.
  • The trailhead is on the south side of the road right next to Horsetail falls.

Nearby Attractions

(geographical distances)
Multnomah Falls2.4 miles
Benson State Park3 miles
Beacon Rock State Park5.6 miles
Bonneville Fish Hatchery6.3 miles
Eagle Creek Trailhead7.6 miles
Latourell Falls7.9 miles

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