Oneonta Gorge is one of the most unique and breathtaking hikes in the Gorge. The "trail" (actually a creek) passes through sheer cliffs for 1/4 mile and requires hikers to climb over a logjam and wade up to waist deep. For this, they are rewarded with an amazing falls and punchbowl at the end of the trail.
Sadly, yesterday a young man from Portland died after slipping from the log jam. While Oneonta is generally considered passable by hikers of varying abilities, this reminds us of the need to take safety precautions while enjoying Oregon's most scenic natural masterpiece, the Columbia River Gorge.