Hiking in Oregon

Oregon can also be referred to as "The State of Green"; thanks to it's abundance of rainfall Oregon hiking is full of green forests and lots of waterfalls. Whether your adventure takes you through the High Cascades, along the Columbia Gorge with the majesty of Mt Hood, along the rugged coast line, to the high dessert of Bend and Smith Rock, or a trip to the crown jewel of the state, Crater Lake, you will be in awe at the beautiful glory that is Oregon. Oregon offers a little of something for everyone, from short nature trails, to a twelve mile hiking trail that leads to the top of the South Sister.
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Ten Falls Canyon Trail
Ten Falls Canyon Trail
Salem, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 10.2 miles, Half day
A trail in Silver Falls State Park past 10 beautiful waterfalls, perfect for the whole family.

This casual hike through a beautiful canyon in Oregon's largest State park takes you past TEN beautiful waterfalls ranging in height from 27 feet to 178 feet and 4 of them you can even walk behind! There are plenty of benches to rest at and the trail is extremely well maintained, perfect for the whole family. Before or after the amazing hike you can...
South Sister Summit
South Sister Summit
Bend, Oregon, United States
 
Difficult: 12.0 miles, Full day
Climbing to the summit of the South Sister from Devil's Lake Trailhead.

The South Sister, also known as Charity, is Oregon's third highest mountain. The hike to the top is very difficult, but fairly easy as far as climbing mountains can go, as there is indeed a trail that goes all the way to the top and can be done without any technical mountain climbing gear. The hike can easily be done in a day, and usually takes...
Mt. Hood Via South Side Timberline Approach
Mt. Hood Via South Side Timberline Approach
Government Camp, Oregon, United States
 
Difficult: 8.2 miles, Full day
Standard Route with optional ski descent

Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain (and volcano) in the state of Oregon. At 11,239 feet (3426 meters) it is truly a worthy alpine ascent. The volcano last erupted in 1907 and was first climbed by W.S. Buckley, W.L. Chittenden, James Deardorff, H.L. Pittock and L.J. Powell in 1857. The mountain lies 50 miles east of Portland and is considered by some...
McKenzie River Trail: Hike to Tamolitch/Blue Pool
McKenzie River Trail: Hike to Tamolitch/Blue Pool
McKenzie River, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Hike this short section of the McKenzie River Trail to the beautiful Tamolitch (Blue Pool)

The McKenzie River trail is twenty six miles long and runs from Clear Lake to McKenzie Bridge. It's world famous for Mountain Bikers, and very nice for hikers as well. This short portion of the trail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool. Beginning of this easy hike is through old growth Douglas fir forest....
Kentucky Falls
Kentucky Falls
Mapleton, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 6.1 miles, 1-3 hours
A moderate hike to three waterfalls and a fun swimming hole.

The interesting thing about this hike to twin waterfalls is that it starts at the top of the hills and heads downhill, which means you must hike back uphill for the second half of the hike. As you hike down you will pass by Upper Kentucky Falls then down to the twin falls of Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork Falls, where there is a nice wooden...
Sweet Creek Falls Trail
Sweet Creek Falls Trail
Mapleton, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 2.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy hike along Sweet Creek passes by a ton of waterfalls, with majestic Sweet Creek Falls as a grand finale.

In this Coast Range valley, the Sweet Creek Trail follows the scenic cascading waters of Sweet Creek. Each waterfall is framed by mossy rocks and ferns and under a canopy of Douglas-fir, Alder and Big leaf maple.
Mary's Peak
Mary's Peak
Corvallis, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
Mary's Peak, the highest point in the Coast Range has a variety of trails, and spectacular views from Ocean to Cascades

Marys Peak, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range and the most prominent peak to the west of Corvallis. On a clear day, from the top of the peak, you can see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley. Wildflower displays in the meadow and rock gardens change...
Mt Defiance Summit
Mt Defiance Summit
Columbia Gorge, Oregon, United States
 
Difficult: 12.5 miles, Full day
Hike to the highest point of the Columbia Gorge with amazing views of Mt Hood, Mt St Helens and Mt Adams

Many consider this hike Oregon's hardest trail, and in fact the Starvation Ridge portion is used to train for the Mt. Hood Summit. If you take the easier way up you will pass by a few waterfalls before you start a difficult climb to the top. As you climb this six million year old shield volcano you will find breathtaking views of the Columbia...
Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain
South Fork Santiam, Oregon, United States
 
Difficult: 5.5 miles, Half day
Iron Mountain is the crown jewel of the Santiam Foothills. Views of all the large mountains in the Cascade range.

There are two options to hike to the summit of Iron Mountain. One is a short, but difficult hike, while the other wraps around the mountain through the meadows of Cone Peak (as laid out in this guide). According to government websites there are over 300 species of flowering plants and 18 different plant communities on Iron Mountain. At the summit...
Diamond Peak Standard Summit Route
Diamond Peak Standard Summit Route
Oregon, United States
Difficult: 7.8 miles, Full day
Via Corrigan Lake and the Northwest Ridge with optional ski descent

This is a truly amazing ski descent on a less traveled Oregon Volcano. The Ascent is straightforward through the trees. The GPS track in this guide does not follow the trail which at the time was buried under feet of snow. It was however the most direct and easy ski ascent. When you get to 7,000 feet you'll you have the choice of going left or right...
Drift Creek Falls
Drift Creek Falls
Otis, Oregon, United States
Easy: 3.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A beautiful waterfall in the coastal range.

This is a short hike deep in the coastal range that brings you to an amazing waterfall and a very high and long suspension bridge. You may lose gps signal deep in the forest but the trail is very clear. You'll have a choice to take a loop trail on the way back to make the hike a little longer which is what this track shows.
Fall Creek Falls Trail
Fall Creek Falls Trail
North Umpqua River, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 1.6 miles, 1 hour or less
Hike to this majestic waterfall along the North Umpqua River.

The trails wind through old-growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter. The crown jewel of the hike is majestic Fall Creek Falls, which is a great place to swim in the summer time. You can get a view of Fall Creek Falls from the bottom, as well as another mid way up the falls, as well as...
Fern Falls Trail
Fern Falls Trail
North Umpqua River, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours
The first section of the North Umpqua River Trail to Fern falls.

The trail winds along the south bank of the North Umpqua River trail through old-growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter.
Drift Creek Falls Trail
Drift Creek Falls Trail
Lincoln City, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Spectacular 240-foot suspension bridge that hovers 100 feet above Drift Creek Falls.

Flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, Drift Creek Trail winds through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest. The highlight of the trail is a 240-foot long cable suspension bridge. Anchored by cables and ties that are cemented into opposing bluffs, the bridge holds over a hundred fifty thousand pounds. While the bridge does offer a...
Mount Talbert Nature Park
Mount Talbert Nature Park
Clackamas, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 1.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Take a nice loop hike on this undeveloped Butte in Clackamas County

This short loop to the top of this extinct lava dome in Clackamas County is perfect for the whole family. The trail winds through beautiful forest and is filled with interpretive signs about the environment you are walking through and the flora and fauna you may see along the way.
Pittock Mansion From Lower MacLeay Park
Pittock Mansion From Lower MacLeay Park
Willamette Heights, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 3.9 miles, Half day
Follow this trail to Pittock Mansion for a panoramic view of Portland

At over 1,000 feet you will have great views of Portland and will also have a great opportunity for bird watching. Take the time to explore the grounds and make sure to read the links I've included with this guide for more information on the site. The building is overseen by the Bureau of Parks and Recreation and it is open for touring.
Spencer Butte
Spencer Butte
Eugene, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Eugene's most popular and iconic Butte, with the best view of Eugene/Springfield in the area.

This hike is the most popular in Eugene. Take your choice of trails through Douglas fir trees. At the top you will find a rocky outcroping with views all up and down the Willamette Valley. The butte was called Champ-a te or Cham-o-tee by the native Kalapuya, meaning rattlesnake. One popular theory is that Spencer Butte was named for a young...
Table Rock
Table Rock
Elkhorn, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 7.8 miles, Half day

Table Rock is at 4881 feet, offers some incredible views of the Cascades. Here is my track from July 2, 2011. Just under 8 miles and 2900 feet of elevation gained, some of which was goofing around some of the different rock outcroppings. The first 1.5 miles of the hike are on an old logging road,You will come to a landslide that wiped out part of the...
Susan Creek Falls Trail
Susan Creek Falls Trail
North Umpqua River, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 2.1 miles, 1 hour or less
A beautiful waterfall along the North Umpqua River, as well as an old Indian site.

The trails wind through old-growth forests of Douglas-fir, hemlock, and sugar pine, with trees often over six feet in diameter. The crown jewel of the hike is beautiful Susan Creek Falls, which is a great place to swim in the summer time. A little further you can view the location of Indian mounds. A place where Native American boys went to...
Old Growth Trail
Old Growth Trail
Lewisburg, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 2.1 miles, 1-3 hours
A short hike through old growth temperate rainforest, only minutes outside town!

This is the best place to see what the Coastal Range used to look like before European settlers and modern logging. The massive trees here were sheltered by the steep valley and later donated to OSU as part of the Research Forest. It's an impressive place, even more so when you realize that the entire area used to look similarly.
Peavy Arboretum
Peavy Arboretum
Corvallis, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Moderate hike through the woods type hike through six of pine, fir and maple trees, as well as Crone Miller lake.

Peavy Arboretum is an arboretum operated by Oregon State University and located on Arboretum Road, Corvallis, Oregon. The arboretum was dedicated by the university in 1926, operated as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp from 1933-1942, and reverted to College of Forestry management in 1964. While the CCC was active, they planted trees, expanded...
Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls
Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls
Junction City, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 2.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Two beautiful waterfalls that gush in the winter and great for swimming in the summer.

Alsea Falls Recreation Area is next to the South Fork Alsea River, in a lush coastal forest of red cedars, maples, and Douglas firs. The recreation area has 22 picnic tables, 16 campsites, hiking trails, and an outstanding view of Alsea Falls. Throughout the spring and summer, visitors find blooming rhododendrons, Oregon grapes, dogwoods, and other...
Clear Lake Trail
Clear Lake Trail
McKenzie River, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 4.6 miles, 1-3 hours
This hiking trail loops all the way around Clear Lake along the scenic McKenzie Highway in Oregon.

Clear Lake, the "lake born of fire", is the headwaters of the McKenzie River and was formed 3000 years ago when lava from Sand Mountain reached the river and backed up water to form the lake. The original forest that had lined the river banks was submerged. Remnants of some of these submerged trees still stand under 120 feet of water and are visible...
Molalla River State Park
Molalla River State Park
Canby, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 1.6 miles, 1-3 hours
A beautiful park at the confluence of the Pudding, Molalla and Willamette Rivers.

Take a hike along a beautiful meadow and through beautiful woods to the shore of the Molalla River. If you have time enjoy a picnic at the tables near the parking lot and a game of horse shoes!
Shevlin Park - Canyon Rim Loop
Shevlin Park - Canyon Rim Loop
Bend, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 4.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Nice hike or bike ride around the rim of this Bend area park

Shevlin Park is a haven located less than three miles from Bend and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, fishing, cross country skiing and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system providing for both summer and winter uses. The ODFW fishing limit for Shevlin Pond is 2 trout per day, 8-inch minimum length. Fishing is restricted to...
Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah
Eugene, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Popular hike just outside of Eugene with stunning views of the Willamette Valley. Adjacent arboretum with nature walks.

Several hiking trails are maintained by the Lane County Parks Department on Mount Pisgah. The summit is accessible by a steep 1.4-mile trail from a parking area near the base of the hill. Several other trails make their way through the adjacent arboretum and up the slopes. The summit offers a panoramic view of the southern Willamette Valley and includes...
Tamanawas Falls Loop
Tamanawas Falls Loop
Hood River, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours

A short 2 to 4 mile hike into the waterfall. There are two locations to park off of HWY 35 so make sure not to leave valuables in the car. The parking location shown on the map is from the Polallie trail head. Park and cross hwy 35 to a steep unmarked trail on the west side. Follow this trail south. It will connect with the Tamanawas fall trail after...
Triangulation Peak and Boca Cave
Triangulation Peak and Boca Cave
Detroit, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 4.7 miles, Half day
An easy hike with fantastic views of Mt. Jefferson and a little know gem of a cave that frames Jeffy in the distance.

This is an easy hike to a peak with a perfect view of Jefferson. Make sure to follow the GPS track carefully to find one of the coolest and least known caves in Oregon.
Mount June Summit Trail
Mount June Summit Trail
Eugene, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
This short and steep hike to the top of Mt June will reward you with views of the Three Sisters and the Cascade range.

A former lookout site, the summit at Mount June is the area's tallest peak at 4,618ft. The hike is short at 1.2 miles from trailhead to peak, but there are some fairly steep sections. The hike will take you through a Douglas fir forest with rhododendrons scattered throughout. From the top you will get nice views of the Three Sisters as well...
Hamilton Mountain and Rodney Falls
Hamilton Mountain and Rodney Falls
Warrendale, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Half day
One of the most popular climbs in the Columbia Gorge with great views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams and the Columbia.

This is a wonderful climb in teh Columbia Gorge with great views from the many cliffs and ledges near the top of Mt. Hood, Adams and the Columbia River. There is a side catwalk trail you can take along the way and even a beautiful waterfall with bridge viewpoint. I don't want to give away too much as being surprised is always better. Bring a camera!
Ramona Falls - Mt Hood
Ramona Falls - Mt Hood
Rhododendron, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 7.3 miles, Half day
Hiking a lollipop-loop trail on the base of Mt. Hood from Sandy River to gorgeous Ramona Falls and back.

Ramona Falls drops 120 feet, cascading and splitting into ever smaller fingers of water broken up by the hexagonal columns of basalt at the base of the cliff. The trail is relatively easy for this region, but the 1100 feet of elevation gain could require plenty of rest stops for those not used to hiking in the mountains. Speed hikers could probably...
Canyon Creek Meadows
Canyon Creek Meadows
Sisters, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Beautiful flower meadows and a hike up the East side of Three Fingered Jack.

This very popular loop route takes you on a tour of a high alpine meadow, with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack, the eroded core of an extinct 100,000-year-old volcano. This is a really beautiful hike with so many points of interest.  From wildflower...
Portland Highlights
Portland Highlights
Portland, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 8.7 miles, Full day
These city hot spots are not to be missed

Many locals say the Portland Saturday Market is the number one attraction, but its limited hours and winter closure mean that some visitors won't get to go. Don't despair. The city has so many other unique things to do that even hitting just a few of these highlights should ensure a great trip.
Hagg Lake Mountain Biking Loop
Hagg Lake Mountain Biking Loop
Cherry Grove, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 15.6 miles, Half day
One of the best mountain biking areas in the Portland Metro area.

This trail offers varied terrain from steep hill climbs to quick sections of road biking to some technical terrain. This trail was opened to bikers around 2004 and quickly became one of the more popular loop trails for mountain bikers in the Portland Area. You'll have views of Mt. Hood from several places and you can even take a swim in the lake...
Fall Creek Trail
Fall Creek Trail
Eugene, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 8.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy hike along Fall Creek takes you to several swimming holes and an old Native American hunting cave

Begin near the Dolly Varden Campground, and follow the trail along Fall Creek the entire trip. It's very easy, and would be perfect for taking kids. If you bring your swimsuit there are many pools along the trail that you could stop for a swim. At around the 3 mile point you will come across an area that was burned by a fire in 2003. Keep on going...
Tam McArthur Rim Hike, Central Cascades
Tam McArthur Rim Hike, Central Cascades
Elk Lake, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 5.4 miles, Half day

This is a spectacular hike through upper alpine volcanic mountains in the central Cascades mountains of Oregon. The views are well worth the trip up a winding switch back single track trail. Starting at the trail head from Three Creek Lake, you can get some great views of Broken Top, North and Middle Sister and Mt Jefferson.
Eagle Creek - PCT
Eagle Creek - PCT
Cascade Locks, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 8.1 miles, Full day
Waterfalls and beautiful gorge scenery along an easy trail.

This is an easy "out and back" hike with great scenery of waterfalls, ferns, and rocky outcroppings. It's quite popular with easy vehicle access at the trailhead, so plan to see alot of other hikers and is part of the Pacific Crest Trail - this is not the trail for you if you're looking for solitude.
Thurston Hills
Thurston Hills
Springfield, Oregon, United States
 
Moderate: 1.1 miles, 1 hour or less
Hike unmarked roads and trails to an incredible view of Jasper Valley and Thurston.

Up in the Thurston Hills, past the Mountain Gate housing developments are two small hills. The smaller one has a nice viewpoint about half way up, but the summit is covered in trees. Overall this small hill is not really worth climbing. The climb up the larger hill is much more rewarding with one wide open view of Jasper Valley from one viewpoint,...
Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch
Succor Creek and Leslie Gulch
Jordan Valley, Oregon, United States
 
Easy: 57 miles, Multiple days
A popular sight seeing, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and off road recreational area in eastern Oregon.

The towering rock structures of Succor Creek Canyon rise above prime riparian habitat and rock-hounding grounds. Leslie Gulch is a strikingly beautiful vastness of volcanic tuff towers. This is a picturesque place where wind, water, and time have created spectacular panoramas of unusually sculpted colorful conical towers, honeycombed pinnacles,...
Mt. Tabor City Park
Mt. Tabor City Park
Arleta, Oregon, United States
 
Take a ride or a walk around this beautiful city park which holds 3 different reservoirs for Portland

Although there is no swimming in the reservoirs for obvious reasons this park has plenty of other things to offer the whole family including picnic areas, a dog park, monuments and public art, and even volleyball and tennis areas. I've drawn a quick path that will take you to views of all three reservoirs and to the top of Mt. Tabor but I also encourage...