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
Wahclella Falls200Wahclella Falls
This hike visits a sublime waterfall in a canyon within 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
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
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 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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Terwilliger Hot Springs Willamette National Forest Oregon Hike Cougar Hot Springs Terwilliger Falls
Terwilliger Hot Springs (also known as Cougar Hot Springs) is a five-tiered pool accessible with 0.9 miles of easy hiking. The hot springs is located in Willamette National Forest, halfway between Eugene and Bend, Oregon. Potential visitors should know that clothing is optional at the hot springs. Those who are uncomfortable with nudity may wish to seek warm waters... Read more.
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Distance: 0.9 miles – Elevation change: 85 feet
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Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Columbia River Gorge Oregon
With its grand river and towering cliffs, the Columbia River Gorge is a tough place to build a roadway. See one of the engineering feats used to build a road through the gorge by moseying over to the Mosier Twin Tunnels. This picturesque pair of tunnels can be crossed on Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, which follows the route of the century old road that... Read more.
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Tagged with · Hood River · Mosier · Oregon State Parks
Distance: 4.8 miles – Elevation change: 320 feet
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Ecola State Park Hike Ecola Point to Indian Beach Oregon Coast Trail Cannon Beach Oregon
The Oregon coast is a rugged and wild with evergreen topped sea cliffs. Jagged shorelines hide tucked away beaches and dramatic rocks islands. One great place to witness this beautiful scenery is Ecola State Park, preserving 1,024-acres on Tillamook Head, which is just north of Cannon Beach and about 80 miles northwest of Portland. An 8-mile section of Oregon Coast Trail... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · Cannon Beach · Ecola State Park · Ocean Views · Oregon State Parks
Distance: 2.65 miles – Elevation change: 350 feet
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Cape Meares Hike Cape Meares Lighthouse Trail Octopus Tree Trail Oregon Coast Oceanside Cape Meares State Park Walk
There's a two-for-one special going on at Cape Meares State Park. Here's the deal – two short hikes for the price of one (which is free). Take one trail to a well preserved more-than-a-century-old lighthouse on the Oregon coast, followed immediately by another short trail to a sprawling spruce worthy of its name, the Octopus Tree. Combine Cape Meares Lighthouse Trail and... Read more.
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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.
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