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.
  • Explore two trails in Cape Meares State Park to see a lighthouse, an unbelievable tree, and lots of ocean views.
  • 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
Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike180Mosier Twin Tunnels via Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
This hike ventures up a paved trail on a century old roadway to a pair of tunnels carved into basalt cliffs on the side of Columbia River Gorge.
2 - 9.5 miles
320 feet
45.68,
-121.409
Eagle Creek Trail Punchbowl Falls195Eagle Creek Trail
This hike ventures up a beautiful and dramatic canyon to impressive waterfalls like Metlako Falls, Lower Punchbowl Falls, and Punchbowl Falls.
4.55 miles
400 feet
45.6368,
-121.9196
Wahclella Falls200Wahclella Falls
This hike visits a sublime waterfall in a canyon within the Columbia River Gorge.
2 miles
250 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
Ecola State Park Hike325Ecola Point to Indian Beach
This hike on Oregon Coast Trail explores wild beautiful scenery in Ecola State Park between Ecola Point and Indian Beach.
2.65 miles
350 feet
45.9195,
-123.9741
Cape Meares State Park Hike330Cape Meares Lighthouse & Octopus Tree
This easy hike in Cape Meares State Park visits a beautiful lighthouse and an equally impressive tree, exploring a coastal cape with tall cliffs and big ocean views.
0.8 miles
180 feet
45.4856,
-123.97443
Cape Lookout Trail340Cape Lookout Trail
This hike in Cape Lookout State Park 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 in Cape Kiwanda Natural Area near Pacific City.
1 mile
75 feet
45.2157,
-123.9711
West Metolius River Trail357West Metolius River Trail
The hike follows the west bank of the Metolius River to impressive gushing springs and a fish hatchery.
5.4 miles
100 feet
44.5011,
-121.6409
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
Black Butte Trail364Black Butte
The hike summits one of the most identifiable peaks in Central Oregon, which has fire lookout towers and panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains.
4 miles
1550 feet
44.3949,
-121.6476
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
Tumalo Falls384Tumalo Falls
See Bend's best waterfall from a downstream viewpoint and take a short hike to an overlook by the top of the falls.
0.5 miles
105 feet
44.032,
-121.56635
Tumalo Falls Loop385Tumalo Falls Loop
This circuit ventures above Tumalo Falls and explores numerous other waterfalls and cascades on Tumalo Creek, combining North Fork Trail, Swampy Lakes Trail, and Bridge Creek Trail.
7.4 miles
1,100 feet
44.032,
-121.56635
Lava Butte Hike Bend387Lava Butte
This hike explores a cinder cone with a fire lookout tower and a crater-circling trail that offer panoramic views over Lava Butte Lava Flow and the Cascade Mountains.
0.35 - 3.85 miles
110 - 520 feet
43.9093,
-121.3576
Trail of the Molten Land Bend390Trail of the Molten Land
This paved partial loop cuts through Lava Butte Lave Flow and is packed with information and views.
1.25 miles
135 feet
43.9093,
-121.3576
Trail of the Whispering Pines Bend395Trail of the Whispering Pines
This interpretive botanical trail explores high desert plants on the edge of Lava Butte Lava Flow.
0.4 miles
5 feet
43.9093,
-121.3576
Benham Falls399Benham Falls
This leisurely hike on Deschutes River Trail gathers views of aggressive cascades on a churning and tumbling stretch of the Deschutes River.
1.9 miles
50 feet
43.93125,
-121.41335
Lava River Cave Hike Bend400Lava 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 Eugene450Spencer 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
Terwilliger Hot Springs410Terwilliger Hot Springs
Venture into Willamette National Forest to a natural hot springs where bathers can soak in a series of terraced pools.
0.9 miles
85 feet
44.082,
-122.2319
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Tumalo Falls Hike Bend Oregon Deschutes National Forest Tumalo Creek North Fork Trail
Tumalo Falls is rightfully considered one of the must-see attractions in Bend, Oregon. The grandest waterfall on Tumalo Creek makes a nearly 100-foot drop from a cliff in Deschutes National Forest west of Bend. Admire the broad single-drop waterfall from a downstream viewpoint that is fifty yards from Tumalo Falls Day Use Area. Then take a half a mile round trip hike to an... Read more.
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Distance: 0.5 miles · Elevation change: 105 feet
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Tumalo Falls Loop Hike Bend Oregon North Fork Trail Swampy Lakes Trail Bridge Creek Trail Loop Deschutes National Forest
Tumalo Falls is the tallest and most beautiful waterfall on Tumalo Creek near Bend, Oregon, but it isn't the creek's only waterfall. If you like seeing water tumble, go beyond the half-mile round trip hike to Tumalo Falls and explore a grander 7.4 miles loop that visits half dozen other named waterfalls and perhaps a dozen more unnamed smaller waterfalls and cascades. The... Read more.
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Distance: 7.4 miles · Elevation change: 1100 feet
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Benham Falls Hike Deschutes River Trail Bend Oregon Deschutes National Forest Sunriver
Strolling down Deschutes River Trail toward Benham Falls, you might be skeptical that this calm river will hasten into rapids and cascades. The wall of volcanic rock on the far side of the river does offer an early clue that something dramatic could happen. The Deschutes River was rerouted by Lava Butte Lava Flow, causing it to tumble over a few waterfalls on its path north... Read more.
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Distance: 1.9 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
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Trail of the Molten Land Newberry National Volcanic Monument Deschutes National Forest Bend Lava Butte Lava Flow Trail Central Oregon Hike
You'll be grateful to find pavement and not melting hot lava on Trail of the Molten Land. This impressive trail is built atop a barren landscape of dark volcanic rock, the Lava Butte Lava Flow in Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is part of Deschutes National Forest. Panels along the trail provide information about how the lava flow began at Lava Butte, a cinder... Read more.
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Trail of the Whispering Pines Newberry National Volcanic Monument Deschutes National Forest Bend Interpretive Botanical Trail Central Oregon Hike
Trail of the Whispering Pines is an interpretive botanical trail highlighting high desert plants in Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This short and level paved path covers just a quarter mile. Trail of the Whispering Pines can easily be explored as a 0.4-mile walk beginning and ending at Lava Lands Visitor Center. This short hike can be connected to Trail of the Molten... Read more.
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