[ UPDATE: What used to be once a local spot or hidden treasure has become a huge tourist attraction. You probably won’t be getting the same experience you see here. Just imagine the people here times ten. ]
Overall the Oneonta Gorge hike wasn’t difficult as far as hikes go. It’s less than a mile round trip and pretty much no elevation change. The log jam portion can be sketchy to get over and because the river is the trail, there were parts of the hike where most people were neck deep in water, and I was swimming.
Jacob’s cousin climbs, so she traversed over and kept relatively dry. We saw others try to traverse and fall in, so I decided just to swim across the area where I couldn’t reach the bottom.
Trying to pose for a photo, but to the right is what we felt like the whole time. :P
What to pack for the Oneonta Gorge Hike:
- Quick Dry tees (I have these in a few different colors and they always come in handy)
- Quick Dry Convertible Pants (I wore these and Jacob just wore his $7 swim shorts from H&M)
- Swim Suit (I have this push up halter from VS and the bottoms are from VS but discontinued)
- Quick Dry Towel – We like traveling with these REI ones best. We also have these too, which are lighter and more compact, but not as comfortable to use.
- Watershoes (just bought these keen ones for this hike and it was on sale in the kids section at REI hence the sparkly purple). Jacob wore flip flops, and it’s doable, but we wouldn’t recommend it. They kept coming off in the water. He recently bought these for our next Zion trip.
- Dry Bag to keep our camera dry and safe. We have this one by Sea to Summit.
- Daypack to carry our clothes, tripod, and camera gear. We love our REI Flash 18 Pack but it would have been sweet to have something like this to not worry about carrying a bag over your head.
Other Tips for Your Hike:
- We went in June, but the landscape is constantly changing throughout the year. There are times the log jam might be too dangerous to cross or the water might be too high.
- It’s probably not recommended for small children because the water is deep and freezing cold, but Jacob’s cousins had their toddler and carried him across on his shoulders. Also, baby Zeek is pretty low maintenance, but I wouldn’t do it with most kids.
- For Oneonta gorge directions, here’s the destination point on google maps.