Hikes in 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

Below is a collection of trails in Portland. These hikes are listed from north to south, but 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, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Portland on the Hike Finder Map.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
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
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Tumalo Falls Hike Bend Oregon Deschutes National Forest Tumalo Creek North Fork Trail
Tumalo Falls is rightfully considered one of the must-see attractions in Bend, Oregon. The grandest waterfall on Tumalo Creek makes a nearly 100-foot drop from a cliff in Deschutes National Forest west of Bend. Admire the broad single-drop waterfall from a downstream viewpoint that is fifty yards from Tumalo Falls Day Use Area. Then take a half a mile round trip hike to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bend · Deschutes National Forest · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.5 miles · Elevation change: 105 feet
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Tumalo Falls Loop Hike Bend Oregon North Fork Trail Swampy Lakes Trail Bridge Creek Trail Loop Deschutes National Forest
Tumalo Falls is the tallest and most beautiful waterfall on Tumalo Creek near Bend, Oregon, but it isn't the creek's only waterfall. If you like seeing water tumble, go beyond the half-mile round trip hike to Tumalo Falls and explore a grander 7.4 miles loop that visits half dozen other named waterfalls and perhaps a dozen more unnamed smaller waterfalls and cascades. ... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bend · Deschutes National Forest · Waterfalls
Distance: 7.4 miles · Elevation change: 1100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2017
Benham Falls Hike Deschutes River Trail Bend Oregon Deschutes National Forest Sunriver
Strolling down Deschutes River Trail toward Benham Falls, you might be skeptical that this calm river will hasten into rapids and cascades. The wall of volcanic rock on the far side of the river does offer an early clue that something dramatic could happen. The Deschutes River was rerouted by Lava Butte Lava Flow, causing it to tumble over a few waterfalls on its path... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bend · Deschutes National Forest · Sunriver · Waterfalls
Distance: 1.9 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 2, 2016
Trail of the Molten Land Newberry National Volcanic Monument Deschutes National Forest Bend Lava Butte Lava Flow Trail Central Oregon Hike
You'll be grateful to find pavement and not melting hot lava on Trail of the Molten Land. This impressive trail is built atop a barren landscape of dark volcanic rock, the Lava Butte Lava Flow in Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which is part of Deschutes National Forest. Panels along the trail provide information about how the lava flow began at Lava Butte, a cinder... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 28, 2016
Trail of the Whispering Pines Newberry National Volcanic Monument Deschutes National Forest Bend Interpretive Botanical Trail Central Oregon Hike
Trail of the Whispering Pines is an interpretive botanical trail highlighting high desert plants in Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This short and level paved path covers just a quarter mile. Trail of the Whispering Pines can easily be explored as a 0.4-mile walk beginning and ending at Lava Lands Visitor Center. This short hike can be connected to Trail of the... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 2, 2016