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.

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.
  • See 10 great waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park on a picturesque and exciting hike that actually goes behind four of the waterfalls.
  • 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:

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 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.

Oregon Hiking

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.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Ecola State Park Hike020Ecola 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 Hike030Cape 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 Trail040Cape 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 Kiwanda050Cape 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
Saddle Mountain Hike055Saddle Mountain Trail
This out and back hike rises through fir forests and wildflower-filled grassy slopes up to a summit with panoramic coastal views.
5 miles
1635 feet
45.9628,
-123.6899
Beaver Falls Hike060Beaver Falls
This short hike slips down through forest to a beautiful waterfall plunging over a basalt wall.
0.7 miles
100 feet
46.10394,
-123.1298
Tualatin Hills Nature Park170Tualatin 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.
2.1 miles
30 feet
45.49825,
-122.8392
Dogwood Trail - Alder Trail Loop178Dogwood 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.
2.8 miles
410
45.5403,
-122.7368
Holman Lane Loop Hike180Holman Lane – Wildwood Trail – Birch Trail Loop
This hike combines three trails in Forest Park for a refreshing woodland walk.
2.7 miles
425 feet
45.5336,
-122.7332
Lower Macleay trail to Stone House190Lower 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 Mansion200Lower 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 Mansion210Cornell 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 Park220Marquam 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
George Himes Trail230George Himes Trail
This short lollipop loop ascends into Portland's West Hills for a woodland walk with a view of Mount Hood.
1.5 miles
400 feet
45.49825,
-122.8392
Loop Hike in Tryon Creek State Natural Area240Old 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.
2 miles
150 feet
45.4411,
-122.6759
Trillium Trail in Tryon Creek State Natural Area250Trillium Trail
This short nature trail in Tryon Creek State Natural Area is packed with plant-identifying panels as well as benches and viewing platforms.
0.37 miles
15 feet
45.4411,
-122.6759
Powell Butte Hike260Powell 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
Latourell Falls370Latourell 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
Angels Rest380Angel's Rest
This hike ascends to a panoramic landing with spectacular views across Columbia River Gorge (particularly at sunrise).
4.8 miles
1500 feet
45.5605,
-122.17245
Multnomah Falls390Multnomah 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 Loop400Multnomah-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
Lower Oneonta Falls410Lower 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
Ponytail Falls420Horsetail 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
Wahclella Falls430Wahclella Falls
This hike visits a sublime waterfall in a canyon within the Columbia River Gorge.
2 miles
250 feet
45.630463,
-121.953758
Eagle Creek Trail Punchbowl Falls440Eagle 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
Mosier Twin Tunnels Hike450Mosier 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
Trail Of Ten Falls560Trail 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.
7.9 miles
600 feet
44.8776,
-122.6556
South Falls Silver Falls State Park570South Falls
This lollipop loop hike goes up to and behind a 177-foot waterfall that is the jewel of Silver Falls State Park.
1.1 miles
200 feet
44.8776,
-122.6556
West Metolius River Trail580West 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 Trail590Head 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 Trail600Black 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
Clear Lake Loop in Willamette National Forest605Clear Lake Loop
This charming curcuit crosses lava fields and old-growth forests along the shore of a strikingly clear Cascadian lake.
5 miles
75 feet
44.3735,
-121.9985
Spencer Butte Eugene615Spencer 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 Springs620Terwilliger 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
Archie Briggs Canyon Trail710Archie 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 Trail720Shevlin 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 Bend730Pilot 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 Falls740Tumalo 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 Loop750Tumalo 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 Bend760Lava 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 Bend770Trail 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 Bend780Trail 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 Falls790Benham 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 Bend800Lava 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

Oregon Camping

This is just one Oregon’s Campground, located in Central Oregon. More campgrounds coming soon.

Lower Canyon Creek CampgroundLower Canyon Creek Campground
This spacious 7-site campground is sparsely shaded by pines next to the confluence of Canyon Creek and Metolius River.

 

Oregon Attractions

While hiking is the best way to see Oregon (biased opinion), visitors can take in Oregon’s splendor without hitting the trails.

Vista HouseVista House
This iconic Oregon viewpoint is a National Natural Landmark with tremendous no-hiking-required views of Columbia River Gorge.

 

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Catherine Creek Arch Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Hike Washington
Catherine Creek Arch is a surprising creation - a bridge-like span of rock along a ledge of basalt. A 1-mile round trip hike leads to the foot of Catherine Creek Arch (and longer loops in the area are also possible). This short and sweet outing entertains hikers of all ages. Part of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Catherine Creek is located on the Washington side of the west... Read more.
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Tagged with · Arches · Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area · Free Trails · Lyle
Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 100 feet
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Catherine Creek Trail Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Wildflower Loop Hike Washington
Hikers pack the slopes of Dog Mountain to see spring wildflowers, but tackling a lot of elevation is not required to see one of the best blooms in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Instead, visit Catherine Creek, where an easy, paved 0.9-mile loop (with just 100 feet of elevation change) floods with wildflowers in the spring and early summer. Catherine Creek Interpretive Trail... Read more.
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Tagged with · Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area · Free Trails · Lyle · Nature Trails · Wildflowers
Distance: 0.9 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
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Saddle Mountain Trail Saddle Mountain State Natural Area Coast Range Summit Hike Seaside Oregon
One hike in Northwest Oregon really rises above the rest. Saddle Mountain is the highest point in the northern half of the Coast Range with sweeping 360-degree from a 3,283-foot summit that look out over the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River, and inland toward the Cascade Range. The hike up Saddle Mountain Trail is 5 miles round trip with 1,635 feet of elevation change (including steep... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Seaside · Summits
Distance: 5 miles · Elevation change: 1635 feet
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Dogwood Trail Alder Trail Loop Keil Trail Leif Erikson Drive Wildwood Trail Hike Forest Park Portland Oregon
Forest Park is a wonderful place to take a short hike in Portland. For a 5-trail, four-season outing, check out Dogwood Trail – Alder Trail Loop, which actually uses Keil Trail, Dogwood Trail, Leif Erikson Drive, Alder Trail, and Wildwood Trail to form a 2.8-mile circuit with just over 400 feet of elevation change. In the summer, these Forest Park trails offer cooling shade. In the fall,... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 2.8 miles · Elevation change: 410 feet
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Clear Lake Loop Willamette National Forest Clear Lake Trail McKenzie River Trail Hike Oregon
The pristine Cascadian jewel called Clear Lake, was forged in the fires of a volcanic eruption, three centuries ago. The lave flow that dammed the lake still occupies stretches of the shoreline. A loop trail around Clear Lake weaves through resilient old growth forests and fields of volcanic rock, offering beautiful lake views around almost every turn. The 5-mile loop hike combines Clear... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Free Trails · Lakes · Lava · McKenzie Bridge · Sisters · Willamette National Forest
Distance: 5 miles · Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 11, 2018