This loop is for the experienced hiker but it is well worth it. Beautiful forest and wetland scenery and waterfall views the Columbia Gorge is known for, this is a great way to spend a day.
Begin at on the Oneonta Trail #424 and climb to the junction with Gorge Trail #400. The trail reaches a shelf above the Columbia River where viewpoints are accessible on a side-trail. Pass a junction to the Horsetail Falls Trail (#438), then continue on to Triple Falls, followed by the bridge over Oneonta Creek.
The trail continues alongside the creek past another bridge. Turn left on Horsetail Creek Trail (#425) and come to the Oneonta Creek ford. After crossing the creek, switchback up about 20 times in 2.3 miles, and turn right on Bell Creek Trail (#459). Pass through three miles of forest and wetlands until you reach the junction with Oneonta Trail (#424). Turn right and keep to trail #424, bypassing a few other junctions, and pass Oneonta Canyon to complete the loop.
Get more information on this hike at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/bell-creek-loop.html
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