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.
Regions of 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.
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.
This out and back visits a sublime waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge.
|208||Horsetail 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.
|210||Lower 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.
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
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.
|230||Latourell Falls Trail|
This loop explores a canyon with two beautiful waterfalls, attaining great views of both.
|290||Lower 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.
|295||Lower 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.
|300||Cornell 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.
|305||Marquam 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
This lollipop loop combines Mountain View Trail and Summit Lane to explore the top of Powell Butte and its big views from Southeast Portland.
|340||Cape Lookout Trail|
This hike ventures down a promontory on the Oregon Coast with beautiful ocean views.
This short beach hike explores tide pools and sand dunes at a rugged headland near Pacific City.
|360||Head of the Metolius|
This short hike visits the surprising source of the Metolius River, a gushing spring accompanied by views of Mount Jefferson.
|370||Archie Briggs Canyon Trail|
This short hike descends a ravine to clifftop views over a dramatic canyon on the Deschutes River.
|377||Shevlin Loop Trail|
This tour of Shevlin Park just a few miles east of Bend explores pine forests on both sides of Tumalo Creek.
This hike spirals up the dominant landmark in Bend to offer sweeping views of majestic surroundings.
|1. 8 miles|
|390||Lava River Cave|
This underground hike explores a lava tube south of Bend that is filled with fascinating volcanic features.
This out and back hike crosses a fern-covered forest and goes up to the crown of a butte with 360-degree views.