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Triple Falls
   Multnomah County, Oregon

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Though often given more credit than it deserves, Triple Falls is one of the most frequently photographed and most scenic waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. Oneonta Creek splits into three channels, flowing around bulbous protrusions in the basaltic bedrock, each channel plunging 64 feet into a large sheer-walled amphitheater, creating a classic example of the Segmented form of a waterfall.

Before our survey produced an accurate height for the falls, the height of the falls was often thought to be in the 100-135 foot range, which is somewhat understandable due to the moderate distance from the falls which the viewpoint is found. However, pictures taken from the base of the falls illustrate much more clearly that the falls could not stand anywhere near that height (few people ever venture to the base of the falls, which may have contributed to the fact that the height was misrepresented for quite some time).

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Triple Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

Located in the Multnomah Falls area of the Columbia River Gorge. Drive east from Multnomah Falls, along the Scenic Highway, for two miles to Oneonta Trailhead #424. Hike in the moderately steep trail for 1.7 miles to the overlook in front of, and above the falls. Alternately, you can continue past the Oneonta Trailhead for 3/4 mile to Horsetail Falls, and hike up Horsetail Falls trail # 438 for 1.3 miles to the Oneonta Trail, passing Ponytail and Middle Oneonta Falls en route, then turning left and proceeding another 8/10 of a mile to Triple Falls.

Latitude

45.57861 N

Longitude

-122.07222 W

Elevation

576 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Multnomah Falls 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Upper Oneonta Falls

0.432 miles

Middle Oneonta Falls

0.724 miles

Oneonta Falls

0.77 miles

Waespe Falls

1.052 miles

Ponytail Falls

1.122 miles

Horsetail Falls

1.235 miles

Ecola Falls

2.786 miles

Wiesendanger Falls

2.79 miles

Dutchman Falls

2.872 miles

Multnomah Falls

3.325 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

55.03

IWC

2.45  (Class 3)

RATING

61.98 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

64 feet

Tallest Drop

64 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

40 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

15 feet

Primary Form

Segmented Plunges

 

Watershed

Columbia River (Snake River to Portland)

Stream

Oneonta Creek

AVG. Volume

200.0 cfs

Source

Springs

Seasonality

12 months

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Sep 17, 2011

Re-surveyed and accurately measured this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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