Rock of Ages Ridge Trail

Rock of Ages Ridge Trail

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Length: 3 miles to Horsetail Creek Trial #425, 8.7 miles to Oneonta Trailhead.
Trail Uses: Hiking
Facilities available: Parking
Season of Use: Year round
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation: 100 to 2940 feet
Visitor Use: Heavy
Recreation Pass to Park: No

WARNING: The Rock of Ages Ridge Trail is a primitive trail, not maintained by the USFS.  It is steep, difficult, and sometimes dangerous.  This is not a trail for the inexperienced, or for children or dogs.

Directions to Horsetail Falls Trailhead

3 miles east of Multnomah Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway, or 2 miles west of I-84 ext 35 on Historic Columbia River Highway.

Description of Rock of Ages Ridge Trail


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Start at the Horsetail falls trailhead, and head as to Ponytail Falls. After .4 miles, just as the trail rounds the corner to Ponytail Falls, look up and to the left for the Rock of Ages Ridge Trail. A “Trail not Maintained” sign is the only marker. As stated above, The Rock of Ages Ridge Trail is a primitive trail, not maintained by the USFS. It is steep, difficult, and sometimes dangerous. This is not a trail for the inexperienced, or for children or dogs. There are several cliff-edge viewpoints. APPROACH THESE ON ALL FOURS! You can make this an 8.7 mile loop by turning right (west) at the junction with the Horsetail Creek Trail #425 (blue on the map above), and right again (north) at the junction with Oneonta Trail #424 (green on the map above).

Links

USFS Oneonta Trail #424 web page
USFS Horsetail Creek Trail #425 web page
USFS Horsetail Falls web page
USFS Horsetail Falls Trail #438 web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Day Hiking web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Backpacking web page