Horsetail Creek Trail #425
ElevationAscent: 2,497' 761 m
Descent: -276' -84 m
High: 3,647' 1,112 m
Low: 1,408' 429 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“Allows for long loop hikes between Oneonta Creek and John B. Yeon State Park.”— Bruce Hope
This trail starts at its junction with the Oneonta Trail #424, about 3 miles from the Oneonta Trailhead. It immediately crosses Oneonta Creek which may not be fordable in the winter and spring (no bridge, look for a big log). Past the creek, the #425 climbs a very steep series of switchbacks for 2.3 miles before topping out on Latourell Prairie, at its junction with the Bell Creek Trail #459.
From this junction, the #425 proceeds northeast on the level along the rim of the Gorge, crossing two branches of Horsetail Creek along the way. There are small primitive campsites near each crossing. At 4.2 miles, the trail swings east past Yeon Mountain to end at Forest Road 222 (Nesmith Point Road) just south of Nesmith Point.
There is a limited view of the Gorge from the #424 between Yeon Mountain and Nesmith Point but much of this trail is a viewless journey through the forest.
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Local Club: Friends of the Columbia Gorge