Portland

The Portland Metropolitan Area has a population of over 2 million people. For fans of the outdoors, Portland is a great base camp, with the coast, high mountains, and Columbia River Gorge just short drives away. Great hikes can also be found right in Portland.

Portland is located in Multnomah County on Oregon’s northern border. The city straddles the Willamette River near its confluence with Columbia River. Across that river is Vancouver, Washington.

The Tualatin Mountains run along the west side of Portland and include Forest Park and other green spaces packed with hiking and biking trails. Buttes, or extinct volcanoes, are spread around the Portland area offering additional hiking destinations.

Portland Oregon
Waterfront on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon

Hiking Portland

This collection of trails in Portland lists hikes from north to south. The table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, GPS maps, elevation profiles, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. Below the table is an interactive map showing the location of each hike.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Dogwood Trail - Alder Trail Loop175Dogwood 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
Wild Cherry Trail Loop Forest Park178Wild 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.
2.5 miles
515 feet
45.53826,
-122.73406
Wild Cherry Trail Alder Trail Loop Forest Park180Wild Cherry Trail – Alder Trail Loop
This circuit (a combination of two shorter loops) explores more of woodland beauty in Forest Park.
3.5 miles
510 feet
45.53826,
-122.73406
Holman Lane Loop Hike285Holman 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 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
George Himes Trail306George 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
Tualatin Hills Nature Park308Tualatin 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
Powell Butte Hike310Powell 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
Scouters Mountain Hike312Scouters Mountain Nature Park
This short loop explores a forested mountain east of Portland, rising to a shelter and a viewpoint facing Mount Hood.
1.2 miles
180 feet
45.4468,
-122.5078
Loop Hike in Tryon Creek State Natural Area315Old 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 Area320Trillium 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
Camassia Natural Area324Camassia Natural Area
This easy loop tours wildflower-packed meadows and surrounding forests in a blossoming West Linn preserve.
0.8 miles
70 feet
45.3592,
-122.6182
Canemah Bluff Hike325Canemah Bluff Nature Park
This hike explores wildflower fields and forests on a perch above the Willamette River near Oregon City.
1.7 miles
165 feet
45.3449,
-122.6256
Round Lake Loop & Pothole Falls340Round Lake Loop & Pothole Falls
This circuit wraps around a soothing lake with a side trail to cubbyhole cascades - in Camas, Washington.
1.6 miles
200 feet
45.60395,
-122.4070
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Forest Park Loop Hike Wild Cherry Trail Alder Trail Portland Oregon
What will you find under the canopy of Forest Park? Dirt single tracks weave through verdant woodlands, passing Douglas firs and bigleaf maples bedecked with licorice ferns. Explore some of Forest Park's charmingly ridges and ravines on this 3.5-mile loop with 510 feet of elevation change. Although Wild Cherry Trail and Alder Trail are the most notable members of this hike, this circuit... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 3.5 miles · Elevation change: 510 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 19, 2018
Wild Cherry Trail Dogwood Trail Leif Erikson Drive Loop Hike Forest Park Portland Oregon
Looking for a Forest Park hike that can be completed in about an hour? Delve into the woods on this 2.5-mile loop that explores a soothing swath of Forest Park. The loop has 515 feet of elevation change, traveling downhill from Northwest 53rd Drive on Wild Cherry Trail before rising back up Dogwood Trail. Wild Cherry Trail – Dogwood Trail Loop starts from one of the roadside parking... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 2.5 miles · Elevation change: 515 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 19, 2018
Alder Island Nature Trail Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge Hike Lincoln City Oregon Coast Trail
Just south of Lincoln City on the Oregon coast, Highway 101 crosses the Siletz River as it flows into Siletz Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is at this location that you will find Alder Island Nature Trail, which opened in 2017 and offers a level 0.85-mile loop hike around an island between the river and its marshes. While it might lack the ocean views of surrounding coastal hikes, Alder... Read more.
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Tagged with · Depoe Bay · Free Trails · Lincoln City · Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Distance: 0.85 miles · Elevation change: 5 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 9, 2018
Pipeline Trail Hood River Oregon Penstock Flume Hike Columbia River Gorge Powerdale Corridor
Most of the trails in Columbia River Gorge lead to big waterfalls or big views, but one of these trails is not like the others. The Pipeline Trail near downtown Hood River has a hiking experience that could very well be a one-of-a-kind. This route exchanges the average dirt trail for a catwalk built on top of a penstock pipeline. That catwalk stands a dozen feet off the ground and whisks... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hood River · Ruins
Distance: 2.8 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 13, 2018
Camassia Natural Area Loop Trail West Linn Wildflower Hike Camas Lilies Portland Oregon
Camassia Natural Area contains something special – one of the best wildflower displays in the greater Portland area. From April to May, the grassy plateaus in this 27-acre preserve boasts beautiful purples, blues, pinks and yellows created by Camas lilies, blue-eyed Mary, rosy plectritis, and buttercups (as well as other flowers). Explore this West Linn jewel on an easy 0.8-mile loop... Read more.
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Tagged with · Camassia Natural Area · Free Trails · The Nature Conservancy · West Linn · Wildflowers
Distance: 0.8 miles · Elevation change: 70 feet
By: Published: Last updated: August 4, 2018