Friday, April 27
Buoyed by yesterday’s walk in Eagle Creek, I decided to tackle Oneonta Gorge today.
The river was cold, but not unbearable. I waded up into the entrance of the Gorge in water up to mid-thigh, again using my tripod and a ski pole for balance. Then I had to climb over a slippery log jam that completely choked the gorge. The photo above was taken from atop the up-stream end of the log jam.
The gorge is about 20 feet wide and 100+ feet deep. From here, the route involves jumping off the log jam into water that looks at least waist deep, followed by a half mile of more wading in water ranging from ankle to chest deep. Being alone and on not exactly a warm day, I elected to call it quits here.
I also drove up to Vista House on Crown Point and hit some of the other waterfalls along the Historic Columbia River Highway, including Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell and Multnomah Falls.