Hikes in Oregon

Oregon is a state with immense outdoor beauty. There are dense fern-covered forests, volcanic buttes, and gushing waterfalls. To see some of the state’s fine waterfalls, head to the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland.

Highlights of Oregon

  • This hike visits the tallest waterfall in Oregon, with viewpoints below, between, and above the 620-foot waterfall.
  • This off-trail adventure up Oneonta Gorge passes between tall, narrow cliffs to reach an enchanting 100-foot waterfall.
  • This hike in Southeast Portland tops an extinct cinder volcano with great views of Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens.
  • This loop goes beyond Multnomah Falls to visit several other waterfalls and cascades on a beautiful circuit, including the 242-foot Wahkeena Falls.
  • Travel underground to explore a lava tube near Bend.
  • This loop begins with one waterfall (Horsetail Falls), passes behind another (Ponytail Falls), and crosses a bridge next to a third (Middle Oneonta Falls), while also grabbing views across Columbia River Gorge.
  • Get up close to a duo of waterfalls on this loop hike on the Portland side of Columbia River Gorge.
  • This hike near Eugene goes through a fern-packed forest and ascends to the crown of a butte with round-the-compass views.
  • This Forest Park hike ascends to a mansion with panoramic views over Portland.

Regions of Oregon

Hiking in Oregon

Oregon is commonly divided into 7 regions, each with their own personality, particularly for outdoor pursuits. The seven regions are:

Oregon Coast –The Beaver State has 350 miles of pristine coastline. Explore rugged capes and small coastal towns.

Greater Portland – Oregon’s biggest city is not without its natural appeal and has many parks to visit.

Columbia River Gorge – Along the Washington border east of Portland, uncover incredible hiking in a waterfall-packed area below Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain.

Willamette Valley – Well know for its wineries, this region includes the cities of Salem and Eugene and has buttes and forests for hikers.

Central Oregon – The high desert meets even higher mountains in the middle of Oregon, the skyscraping Cascade Range. This region around Bend contains a wide variety of trails along rivers, peaks, desert canyons, and volcanic landscapes.

Southern Oregon – Ashland, Klamath Falls, and Grant’s Pass enjoy a temperate climate at the bottom of the state with plenty of outdoor fun including Crater Lake National Park.

Eastern Oregon – This side of Oregon looks a lot different than other parts of the state. Here evergreen forests are replaced by desert canyons.

Hiking Oregon

This collection of trails lists hikes from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Click on any trail to see a full write-up complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Oregon on the Hike Finder Map.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Wahclella Falls200Wahclella Falls
This out and back visits a sublime waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge.
2 miles
300 feet
45.630463,
-121.953758
Ponytail Falls208Horsetail Falls Trail - Oneonta Trail Loop
This loop starts at Horsetail Falls, passes beneath an overhang behind Ponytail Falls, and crosses a bridge by Middle Oneonta Falls to hit three waterfalls and viewpoints looking out over the Columbia River Gorge.
2.85 miles
325 feet
45.5903,
-122.06833
Lower Oneonta Falls210Lower Oneonta Falls in Oneonta Gorge
This off-trail trek follows Oneonta Creek between the tall, mossy cliffs of a wild and beautiful gorge to the base of an enchanting 100-foot waterfall.
0.8 miles
25 feet
45.589485,
-122.07558
Multnomah Falls220Multnomah Falls
This out and back hike visits Oregon’s tallest (and probably most seen) waterfall, located in Columbia River Gorge east of Portland.
0.2 to 2.6 miles
25 feet to 725 feet
45.5777,
-122.1173
Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop222Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop
This loop uses Wahkeena Trail and Larch Mountain Trail to visit six glorious waterfalls (including Wahkeena Falls and Multnomah Falls) as well as fine cascades along Wahkeena Creek and Multnomah Creek in beautiful canyons off Columbia River Gorge.
6.05 miles
1525 feet
45.5777,
-122.1173
Latourell Falls230Latourell Falls Trail
This loop explores a canyon with two beautiful waterfalls, attaining great views of both.
2.3 miles
475 feet
45.53865,
-122.218
Lower Macleay trail to Stone House290Lower Macleay Trail to Stone House
This hike starts by following Balch Creek to fern-covered ruins and can finish with a loop that exits Forest Park and passes through the Willamette Heights Neighborhood in Northwest Portland.
2 miles
400 feet
45.53585,
-122.7125
Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion295Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion
This Forest Park hike takes Lower Macleay Trail to the Stone House ruins and ascends Wildwood Trail to Pittock Mansion, bagging a big view over Portland.
5.4 miles
850 feet
45.53585,
-122.7125
Wildwood Trail to Pittock Mansion300Cornell Road to Pittock Mansion
This partial loop on Wildwood Trail and Upper Macleay Trail goes up a wooded hillside in Forest Park to Pittock Mansion, a landmark with panoramic views over Portland.
2.5 miles
435 feet
45.5269,
-122.7265
Marquam Nature Park305Marquam Nature Park
This hike goes through peaceful forest in a less visited pocket of Portland's West Hills.
1.3 - 4.25 miles
225 - 500 feet
45.50276,
-122.6916
Powell Butte Hike320Powell Butte
This lollipop loop combines Mountain View Trail and Summit Lane to explore the top of Powell Butte and its big views from Southeast Portland.
2.15 miles
165 feet
45.49036,
-122.49726
Cape Lookout Trail340Cape Lookout Trail
This hike ventures down a promontory on the Oregon Coast with beautiful ocean views.
5 miles
440 feet
45.3414,
-123.9745
Cape Kiwanda350Cape Kiwanda
This short beach hike explores tide pools and sand dunes at a rugged headland near Pacific City.
1 mile
75 feet
45.2157,
-123.9711
Head of the Metolius River Trail360Head of the Metolius
This short hike visits the surprising source of the Metolius River, a gushing spring accompanied by views of Mount Jefferson.
0.5 miles
35 feet
44.4341,
-121.634
Archie Briggs Canyon Trail370Archie Briggs Canyon Trail
This short hike descends a ravine to clifftop views over a dramatic canyon on the Deschutes River.
1.25 miles
325 feet
44.0855,
-121.3347
Shevlin Park Loop Trail377Shevlin Loop Trail
This tour of Shevlin Park just a few miles east of Bend explores pine forests on both sides of Tumalo Creek.
4.75 miles
240 feet
44.083,
-121.37785
Pilot Butte Bend380Pilot Butte
This hike spirals up the dominant landmark in Bend to offer sweeping views of majestic surroundings.
1. 8 miles
475 feet
44.0579,
-121.2785
Lava River Cave Hike Bend390Lava River Cave
This underground hike explores a lava tube south of Bend that is filled with fascinating volcanic features.
2 miles
150 feet
43.8954,
-121.3696
Spencer Butte Eugene400Spencer Butte
This out and back hike crosses a fern-covered forest and goes up to the crown of a butte with 360-degree views.
5.2 miles
1,100 feet
43.99593,
-123.0997
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Cape Kiwanda Hike Oregon Coast Pacific City Beach Walk Cape Kiwanda Natural Area
Cape Kiwanda is the southernmost of the 3 Capes in the Tillamook area on the Oregon Coast. An Oregon State Parks Natural Area protects this short, dramatic point. The park is too small to have a visitor center or hiking trails, but is a scenic spot for a walk in the sand. This short trek is 1-mile round trip (or more), beginning from a large beach on the south side of Cape... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 25, 2016
Lava River Cave Bend Oregon Lava Tube Newberry National Volcanic Monument Oregon Deschutes National Forest
Lava River Cave is the longest lava tube in Oregon and is fascinating to explore. Put fresh batteries in your flashlights and head to Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is in Deschutes National Forest just a dozen miles south of Bend. Walkin through Lava River Cave, you will see wild features left behind by volcanic eruptions 100,000 years ago. After a mile in the... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 19, 2016
Cape Lookout Trail Coastal Hike Cape Lookout State Park Oregon
Treat yourself to gargantuan ocean views from the edges of Cape Lookout, hiking 5 miles round trip to a viewpoint at the end of this tall promontory on the Oregon Coast. Cape Lookout Trail passes through a temperate rainforest packed with tall cedars. The forest is wild and beautiful and so is the surrounding coastline. Cape Lookout is probably the most impressive cape on... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 25, 2016
Marquam Nature Park Loop Hike West Hills Southwest Portland Oregon Marquam Trail
Marquam Nature Park is walking distance from downtown Portland, but is tucked away and remains less well known than other parks in the West Hills. Marquam Nature Park provides ample woodland solitude, despite its proximity to downtown. Explore this underused parcel of the West Hills near OHSU on a multi-trail loop hike. To see most of the park, combine Shelter Loop Trail,... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: May 13, 2016
Shevlin Loop Trail Bend Oregon Hike Shevlin Park Tumalo Creek
Shevlin Loop Trail explores pine forests along Tumalo Creek in Shevlin Park, which is just four miles west of downtown Bend. This pleasant woodland trail is mostly easy with a few rolling sections along the bluffs that border the creek. The loop is 4.75 miles long and explores much of Shevlin Park's 647 acres. The hike has 240 feet of elevation change and crosses lovely... Read more.
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Distance: 4.75 miles – Elevation change: 240 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 18, 2016