Ponytail Falls

Hiking the falls in the Columbia Gorge is always fun and you never know what you’re going to see. Mom said we were going to stop at Horsetail Falls and I had my mind all made up that this is what we were going to see.Horse

Silly me. I guess I wasn’t listening and missed the “Falls” part…

and I sure didn’t see any horses.Horsetail FallsMr. N and I cavorted up the path through a series of switchbacks lined with basalt walls. basalt rock wallsWe soon reached Upper Horsetail Falls, also called Ponytail Falls. Ponytail FallsThe water fell into a pool (how I longed to take a dip) and the path went behind the falls!

Have you ever been behind a falls?

                                 Have you ever been behind a falls?

Mom loves to know all this stuff about why we were behind the falls, so she said I could tell you. In very simple terms (that’s me, by the way), a basalt lava flow buried a softer layer of rock and soil. Then water and winter ice removed the softer material below, creating a cavern of sorts. And there we were! In the cavern.

Moving along, we hiked to a spot that overlooked the Columbia RiverBarge going up the Columbia

And found a nice spot to take a rest.Overlook near Ponytail Falls