Hikes in Oregon
Oregon is a state with immense outdoor beauty ranging from ferny forests to volcanic buttes and gushing waterfalls. To see some of the state’s finest 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:
Coastal Oregon – The Beaver State has 350 miles of pristine coastline. Explore rugged capes, pristine beaches, and quaint towns on the Oregon coast.
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 along the Columbia River. Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain, rises to the south to offer more hiking opportunities.
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 roughly from west to east and 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.
|020||Ecola Point to Indian Beach|
This hike on Oregon Coast Trail explores wild beautiful scenery in Ecola State Park between Ecola Point and Indian Beach.
|030||Cape 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.
|033||Oceanside Beach to Tunnel Beach|
This sandy stroll comes with an adventurous twist, a man-made tunnel through a cliff that leads from one beautiful beach to a second, more secluded beach.
|037||Munson Creek Falls Trail|
This short hike near Tillamook travels up a forest canyon to the tallest waterfall in Coastal Oregon.
|040||Cape Lookout Trail|
This hike in Cape Lookout State Park ventures down a promontory on the Oregon Coast with beautiful ocean views.
|045||Whalen Island Loop Trail|
This hike explores a lovely island-like park in Sand Lake Estuary with ocean and wetland views.
This short beach hike explores tide pools and sand dunes at a rugged headland in Cape Kiwanda Natural Area near Pacific City.
|052||Alder Island Nature Trail|
This short, easy hike off the coast south of Lincoln City explores a small island at the mouth of the Siletz River.
|055||Saddle Mountain Trail|
This out and back hike rises through fir forests and wildflower-filled grassy slopes up to a summit with panoramic coastal views.
This short hike slips down through forest to a beautiful waterfall plunging over a basalt wall.
|170||Tualatin Hills Nature Park|
This hike on Vine Maple Trail, Old Wagon Trail, and Oak Trail loops through forests and wetlands in a pocket of wilderness on the west side of Beaverton.
|175||Dogwood Trail - Alder Trail Loop|
This hike combines five trails (Keil Trail, Dogwood Trail, Leif Erikson Drive, Alder Trail, and Wildwood Trail) to form a lovely woodland loop in Forest Park.
|178||Wild Cherry Trail – Dogwood Trail Loop|
This Forest Park hike plots a nice, short, woodland escape by easing down Wild Cherry Trail to Leif Erikson Drive and rising back up Dogwood Trail.
|180||Wild Cherry Trail – Alder Trail Loop|
This circuit (a combination of two shorter loops) explores more of woodland beauty in Forest Park.
|180||Holman Lane – Wildwood Trail – Birch Trail Loop|
This hike combines three trails in Forest Park for a refreshing woodland walk.
|190||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.
|200||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.
|210||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.
|220||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
|230||George Himes Trail|
This short lollipop loop ascends into Portland's West Hills for a woodland walk with a view of Mount Hood.
This lollipop loop combines Mountain View Trail and Summit Lane to explore the top of Powell Butte and its big views from Southeast Portland.
|312||Scouters Mountain Nature Park|
This short loop explores a forested mountain east of Portland, rising to a shelter and a viewpoint facing Mount Hood.
|240||Old Main Trail - Red Fox Trail - Cedar Trail - Middle Creek Trail - Maple Ridge Trail Loop|
This 5-trail circuit in the middle of Tryon Creek State Natural Area goes through rolling woodland and across 3 bridges.
This short nature trail in Tryon Creek State Natural Area is packed with plant-identifying panels as well as benches and viewing platforms.
|260||Camassia Natural Area|
This easy loop tours wildflower-packed meadows and surrounding forests in a blossoming West Linn preserve.
|270||Canemah Bluff Nature Park|
This hike explores wildflower fields and forests on a perch above the Willamette River near Oregon City.
|370||Latourell Falls Trail|
This loop explores a canyon with two beautiful waterfalls, attaining great views of both.
This hike ascends to a panoramic landing with spectacular views across Columbia River Gorge (particularly at sunrise).
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.
|410||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.
|420||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.
This hike visits a sublime waterfall in a canyon within the Columbia River Gorge.
|440||Eagle Creek Trail|
This hike ventures up a beautiful and dramatic canyon to impressive waterfalls like Metlako Falls, Lower Punchbowl Falls, and Punchbowl Falls.
|447||Hood River Pipeline Trail|
This easy and enticing river hike follows a catwalk atop a penstock flume pipeline.
|450||Mosier 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|
|480||River Trail Loop|
This hike in Deschutes River State Recreation Area explores views from the water's edge and a grassy terrace that borders the bottom of the Deschutes River before it meets the Columbia River.
|515||Old Salmon River Trail|
This hike explores a lush and lovely old-growth forest along the Salmon River in Mount Hood National Forest.
|530||Mirror Lake Trail|
This lollipop loop hike crosses forest streams and ascends to Mirror Lake, which features reflective views of Mount Hood.
|535||Trillium Lake Trail|
This easy loop hike circles the shores of a picturesque lake in the forest below Mount Hood.
|560||Trail of Ten Falls|
This loop passes ten acclaimed waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park on a picturesque and exciting hike that actually goes behind four of the waterfalls.
This lollipop loop hike goes up to and behind a 177-foot waterfall that is the jewel of Silver Falls State Park.
|572||Maple Ridge Loop|
This hike in Silver Falls State Park ventures behind both South Falls and Lower South Falls and also explores a ridge-top forest.
|580||West Metolius River Trail|
The hike follows the west bank of the Metolius River to impressive gushing springs and a fish hatchery.
|590||Head of the Metolius|
This short hike visits the surprising source of the Metolius River, a gushing spring accompanied by views of Mount Jefferson.
The hike summits one of the most identifiable peaks in Central Oregon, which has fire lookout towers and panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains.
|605||Clear Lake Loop|
This charming curcuit crosses lava fields and old-growth forests along the shore of a strikingly clear Cascadian lake.
This out and back hike crosses a fern-covered forest and goes up to the crown of a butte with 360-degree views.
|620||Terwilliger Hot Springs|
Venture into Willamette National Forest to a natural hot springs where bathers can soak in a series of terraced pools.
|710||Archie Briggs Canyon Trail|
This short hike descends a ravine to clifftop views over a dramatic canyon on the Deschutes River.
|720||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.
See Bend's best waterfall from a downstream viewpoint and take a short hike to an overlook by the top of the falls.
|750||Tumalo 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.
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
|770||Trail of the Molten Land|
This paved partial loop cuts through Lava Butte Lave Flow and is packed with information and views.
|780||Trail of the Whispering Pines|
This interpretive botanical trail explores high desert plants on the edge of Lava Butte Lava Flow.
This leisurely hike on Deschutes River Trail gathers views of aggressive cascades on a churning and tumbling stretch of the Deschutes River.
|800||Lava River Cave|
This underground hike explores a lava tube south of Bend that is filled with fascinating volcanic features.
Oregon’s state parks and regional (county) parks, as well as the national forests and other federal lands, present many great camping options. These are just a few of the places to camp in Oregon.
|Cape Lookout State Park Campground|
This grand, oceanfront campground has over 200 sites right behind a big, beautiful beach.
|Deschutes River SRA Campground|
Just east of Columbia River Gorge, this campground at the bottom of the Deschutes River has 34 sites with electrical hookups, 25 more primitive sites, and 4 group sites.
|Lower Canyon Creek Campground|
This spacious 7-site campground is sparsely shaded by pines next to the confluence of Canyon Creek and Metolius River.
|Trillium Lake Campground|
Located just miles from Government Camp, this campground has 57 sites sitting in the evergreens by Trillium Lake below Mount Hood.
|Whalen Island County Campground|
This 33-site campground is a nice camping option on Whalen Island with easy access to estuary beaches and a loop hike.
While hiking is the best way to see Oregon (biased opinion), visitors can take in Oregon’s splendor without hitting the trails.
This iconic Oregon viewpoint is a National Natural Landmark with tremendous no-hiking-required views of Columbia River Gorge.