Oneonta Falls: Meandering through the Gorge

Hey Wanders and Meanders alike,

About a week ago a few friends and I went to hike the Oneonta Gorge. It used to be that the old Columbia Gorge Highway crossed Oneonta Creek and tunneled  through a cliff nearby. From the highway bridge at the mouth of the gorge,look for the old tunnel entrance on the cliff to the left, now filled with rubble. This is a short walk or wade through a creek. The high walls of the gorge tower over you, and the cold water almost shocks you. My dear friends Veda and Alex were with me as we crossed the crisscross puzzle of logs, and hobbled over the uneven path to the end.

The moss covered walls were like natural drapes adding beauty to the natural area, and every time you would look up you would see little caves etched out and maybe a tree fallen over the top. A open air Cathedral I shall call it.

Veda Newton and Molly Urban in the Oneonta Gorge – Alex Ishkov

As you reach the end of the Gorge you are greeted by a waterfall its refreshing looking, but oh so cold. So the free spirit that is Veda encouraged me to take a swim and it was a glorious swim to the sit beside the waterfall and feel the power radiate from it. I loved the mist on my face and my sister right beside me. All we could do was look at each other in awe at the Creator of the Universe’s creativity. I immediately thought of Chris Tomlins’ Waterfall lyrics that go like this:

“Oh God, my God I seek You
I wanna move when You move
You’re more than I could long for
I thirst for You

You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall”

I would definitely encourage you to go on this hike it is one of the easiest, and one of the most beautiful (in my opinion) in the Columbia River Gorge.

Yours Truly,

M. Elyse Urban


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