Oregon harbors some of the greatest gems on the Pacific Crest Trail—but you’ll never know it if you don’t take your time.
Sample the recently restored Wild Rogue Loop on this circuit through canyons and woods in Oregon. BY LAURA LANCASTER
Get the Wallowas to yourself on this loop through prime bear habitat in the rugged Joseph Canyon. BY PATRICE LA VIGNE
Venture to this impressive cascade surrounded by jagged granite peaks.
Retreat into the thick, quiet woods of Washington Park for superb views of Mt. Hood and the Portland skyline on this easy 3-mile hike. Don’t miss the Japanese garden.
Hike along a renowned Salmon River on this 5-mile trip through a moss-covered virgin forest to salmon spawning pools, whitewater drops, and hollowed out Douglas firs large enough to resemble caves.
This 8.4-mile, out-and-back climbs steady through giant Douglas fir stands and rhododendron fields to a treeless summit yielding drop-dead gorgeous views of five distinct volcanic peaks.
This easy 5.3-mile loop rewards hikers with fine views of the Cascades without a big climb, then leads to a peaceful riverside lunch spot.
Bring your swimsuit: This 4.6-mile canyon hike features picture-perfect waterfalls, chilly mountain pools, and slim sandstone walls set in lush oak and sycamore forests.
Paddle the Willamette River to great fishing holes and views of towering osprey nests, then hike a small, isolated island on this 7.8-mile adventure.
Hike or run 3 miles into a thick forest of pines, ferns, and firs within The Nature Conservancy’s Wilderness Park, which is nestled on the suburban outskirts of the city.
Home to a 9-foot Sasquatch, or just apretty bit of forest solitude along the Willamette River? Some think the former, but you’ll definitely find the latter on this 3.8-mile trek.
Grab a first-class view of Mount Hood on this timeless 6-mile out-and-back to lakeside campsites and craggy mountain overlooks in Mount Hood Wilderness.
Hike through some of Oregon’s largest old-growth cedars and Douglas fir to a pair of pristine lakes where you can swim, fish, and camp on this 14.4-mile out-and-back.
Take a 5-mile tour of grasslands and forests in this island-inside-an-island wildlife refuge.
Wet your adventure whistle on this 5-mile out-and-back to four waterfalls and countless swimming holes in the picturesque Oneonta Gorge.
Trek above old lava fields to the summit of Huckleberry Mountain on this 10.2-mile round-trip ramble in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Climb an easy 1,000 feet above the Clackamas River to a three-tiered waterfall that rivals almost anything in Maui.
The steep, 6-mile out-and-back hike to 3,226-foot Kings Mountain makes a good early-season tune-up or midsummer wildflower tour.
In 6.1 miles, this trail winds through a bird refuge with more than 130 feathered species, a secluded canyon, and an old pioneer town flooded by the Willamette River in the 1800s.
Countless waterfalls, 100-mile mountain views, and groves of ancient trees make this 8.6-mile, one-way trek one of the best dayhikes in the region.
Explore a local wildlife hideout on this easy 3.5-mile loop into oak forest and along soggy wetlands near the Willamette River.
Roam dense forests and lush ravines on this 6.4-mile trek just minutes from downtown Portland.
This 14.6-miler rewards hikers with wildflower meadows and views over four monster peaks.
Stroll through Giant Sitka spruce to craggy coastal views, then climb into old-growth forest and wild meadows.
Travel into the fiery past of Mount Mazama on this 5.2-mile out-and-back to the park’s highest peak, where sprawling views of the deepest lake in the United States await.
Hike 4.2 miles under huge stands of old-growth hem- lock and firs (saved by strong-minded tree-sitters) to a remote peak in Mt. Hood National Forest.
Circumnavigate South Sister, a snowy volcanic crater patched with glaciers and old lava fields, as you connect alpine lakes on this 29.9-mile camping loop.
For a mere 4.6-mile investment, you get a protected summit in Mt. Hood National Forest, and a rustic cabin serves as a relaxing base camp.
Catch an awe-inspiring view or Mt. Jefferson, among other classic Cascades peaks, from the summit of a glacier-carved mountain on this 5-mile out-and-back.
Explore a moist forest of Pacific silver fir on this 5.4-mile out-and-back to the aptly named Observation Peak, where views of volcanic peaks await.
This 6.5-mile, figure-8 hike crosses old nut orchards, then follows a lazy river en route to the largest black cottonwood in the United States.
You can thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ big dam idea for the views on this scenic 7.6-miler above the shores of 3,500-acre Detroit Lake.
Test your legs and lungs on this 5.4-mile out-and-back through alpine meadows to a 5,000-foot peak with glorious views in Gifford National Forest.
No time to hike the whole PCT? This 7.4-mile section in Mt. Hood National Forest offers some of the best done-in-a-day views in the long path’s northern half.
On this easy 5.4-mile out-and-back, you’ll follow the mighty Lewis River through a mossy old-growth canyon that harbors three photogenic waterfalls.
Escape to a luscious enclave of rolling hills covered by mature hardwoods and trickling streams just seconds from the city on this 6-mile out-and-back.
Bag the highest peak in the Coast Range on this 6.1-mile out-and-back where wind, sun, and altitude create several unique ecosystems.
This 6.6-miler in southwest Washington’s Indian Heaven Wilderness takes you to a faraway wildland splattered with lakes, ponds, and marshes.
Climb high above the Columbia Gorge on this 6.9-mile loop to a skyline of volcanoes, peaks, and endless green hills.
Located in the heart of urban Portland, this 3.9-mile hike follows an unspoiled forest canyon and ends at the city’s highest point, yielding views of four iconic volcanoes.
Seek quick refuge from busy streets of Portland on this 5.3-mile loop across wooded slopes to a summit showcasing three snowy peaks.
This aggressive 6-mile climb leads to the highest point in the Coast Ranges. Shaded Alder groves, wildflower meadows, and views of volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean await.
This 4.2-mile hike tours the only state park in Portland, following Tryon Creek to forest floors teeming with beautiful trilliums during the springtime.
This 5.3-mile loop into old-growth forests and along whispering streams offers a true wilderness escape only a few miles from downtown Portland in Forest Park.
Earth, wind, and fire are all present on this 3.6-mile dayhike to a secluded waterfall and overlooks above the Columbia Gorge.
This 6.2-mile dayhike leads to the site of the original Kentucky Derby, a centuries-old racetrack tucked into the mountains of Indian Heaven Wilderness.
This shady trail in the Columbia River Gorge links four waterfalls in a moss-shrouded gorge with a handful of campsites.
Sea cliffs, wildflower meadows, secret waterfalls, and little elevation gain make this coastal old-growth 4-miler a sweet dayhike at any time of year.
This 4.2-mile out-and-back leads to a beautiful cascade that, despite its misleading name, tumbles 50 feet from mossy cliffs.
Hundreds of lakes and numerous campsites dot a 6,000-foot plateau on this 28.7-mile leg.
Spend up to a week on this 28-mile stretch, which yields more consistent views than the densely forested remainder of the PCT in Oregon. “Take time to bag the Sisters,” advises Jack Haskel, our PCT map contributor. “There are great off-trail routes from basecamps on the trail.”
Looking for a spectacular dayhike near Portland? Most thru-hikers follow this alternate path, which passes a dozen large cascades, including walk-behind-it Tunnel Falls. “For a ways,” says Jack Haskel, our PCT map contributor, “the trail is blasted out of 200-foot cliffs with only some cables to hold onto.”
OR 66 to OR 140: Trek through grassy slopes around Old Baldy into the lava fields of Brown Mountain on this 34.2-miler.
OREGON BORDER to OR 66: Pass under thick white firs on this 40.8-mile leg in the Siskiyou Mountains. Bonus: Watch the sunrise over Shasta from the Grouse Gap shelter.
OR 140 to OR 62: More than 200 lakes provide primo camping and swimming holes on this 45.3-mile stretch. At the beginning, scale 9,495-ft. Mt. McLoughlin for superb views.
OR 62 to OR 138: Crest the breathtaking caldera of Crater Lake on this 22.4-mile trip that ends in the flats of the Pumice Desert.
OR 138 to OR 58: Travel past the jagged spire of Mt. Thielsen on this 58-mile leg in the mountain hemlock slopes of Diamond Peak Wilderness.
OR 58 to ELK LAKE: Find secluded lakeside campsites beneath towering cliffs on this 40-mile stretch in the Three Sisters Wilderness.
FR 4220 @ BREITENBUSH LAKE to TIMOTHY LAKE: Knobby buttes dominate this 31.4-mile trip through a landscape of glistening lakes offering big views of Mount Jefferson.
ELK LAKE to OR 252: Skirt the glacier-draped Three Sisters on this 26.6-mile trip full of excellent ridgetop campsites, aspen-lined lakes, and fields of black volcanic glass. Tip: Wear durable boots.
TIMOTHY LAKE to TIMBERLINE LODGE: Giant stands of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine dominate this 23-mile leg which finishes on the airy slopes of Mount Hood.
TIMBERLINE LODGE to CASCADE LOCKS: Swift creeks, several waterfalls, and long photogenic views near Mt. Hood highlight this 41-mile segment.
This moderate 14.4-mile trek meanders through meadows teeming with wildflowers and delivers epic vistas one of North America’s largest volcanoes.
Editor’s Note: Wildfires forced our map contributor to abandon the PCT and jump ahead to the next section. We hope to collect details on this 57-mile section soon.
Walk into a hikers’ heaven on this 7.7-mile loop past waterfalls and through blooming meadows to a geologic hotspot of lava flows and active glaciers.
Escape the city grunge on this 5.5-mile loop past river views and 500-red Douglas firs in Oxbow Regional Park.
Hike to the western terminius of the Lewis and Clark expedition on this 5-mile loop to the Pacific coast.
Climb through alpine meadows bursting with flowers to a puzzling Native American relic on this 6.6-mile out-and-back. Bonus: Stellar views of five volcanoes.
This 3.6-mile dayhike is a fast way to get your wildlife fix: birds strut the riverside, deer hide in the cedars, and beavers build elaborate dams.
Paddle to an old military fort and visit several quaint Down East islands on this 6.8-mile trip around the rocky fingers of Maine’s coast.
Explore reclaimed wetlands, two islands, and a hawk preserve on a 5.3-mile figure-8 loop in a pastoral getaway just outside the city of Salem.
Visit four waterfalls amid huge Douglas firs and boulders carpeted in shaggy moss on this 3.4-mile lollipop loop in the Columbia River Gorge.
Watch waves crash and boom, migrating gray whales spout, and huge spruces sway on a 5-mile out-and-back to an incredible oceanside overlook.
This 3.9-mile loop provides a quick escape from the city, offering miles of sandy shoreline, wooded trails, and magnificent vistas.
Don’t miss the wildflower show–it’s easy to catch a city bus to the start of a 4.2-mile stroll in Tryon Creek State Park.
Your choice: Hike or paddle through a giant wetland refuge with two lakes, more than 100 bird species, and a host of native trees, including century-old Oregon ashes.
Loop under old-growth firs, by widespread vistas above the Columbia River, and past several photoworthy waterfalls on this exciting 2.1-mile dayhike.
The stunning views on this windy point connect the deep blues of the Columbia Gorge to snowy volcanic cones of Mounts Hood and Adams.
This kid-friendly paddle explores the narrow waterways of the Columbia Slough where heaps of birds and wildlife hide along the brushy banks.
Locals coined this 8-miler the “toughest hike” in the Columbia Gorge. It gains roughly 3,500 feet from Eagle Creek to a highpoint with picturesque views.
This volcano has lured explorers for decades. Good reason too: The 8.8-miler mixes trails, routefinding, and hand-over-hand scrambling.
Delve into a secluded river canyon in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.
Make a weekend out of this 18-mile trip that boasts a string of waterfalls, summit views, and lakeside camping in the Columbia Gorge.
Walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on this seaside 12.5-mile hike on the Oregon Coast Trail.
Hike by three towering waterfalls in a cathedral-like rain forest on this 4.4-mile out-and-back in the Siuslaw National Forest.
In 6.2 miles, you’ll visit two waterfalls and climb through old-growth forest to a wooded summit above the Columbia River Gorge.
Climb to a pristine alpine lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness on this 14-mile out-and-back.
Climb peaks and sniff wildflowers on a challenging Malheur National Forest overnight in eastern Oregon.
Traverse a wildflower-strewn ridge to stunning views in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Snowshoe or ski past snow-covered trees and views of rugged Cascade peaks on this 18.4-mile out-and-back to a lookout tower in Mount Hood National Forest.
Explore snow-draped forest near the foot of Mount Hood on this 6-mile out-and-back that follows Crosstown Trail past a snowy lake and numerous creek crossings.
Glide through quiet forests and snow-covered meadows at the base of Mount Hood on this 6.2-mile route from Pocket Creek Sno-Park to Teacup Sno-Park.
This challenging trail climbs through old-growth forest, past views of the Columbia River, Mount Adams, and Beacon Rock, to an overlook high above the Columbia River Gorge.
This 6.8-miler follows the standard route up Oregon’s tallest peak, ascending the Palmer Glacier, crossing a glacial crevasse, and revealing dramatic views of the Cascade Range.
Follow the Pacific Crest Trail across wooded creeks and steep rock gardens to a broad summit overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on this strenuous 15-mile out-and-back.
Link pumice and obsidian fields with expansive alpine meadows on this challenging trek to the top of South Sister, a glacier-capped volcano in the Cascade Range.
This 16.5-miler follows the Hunchback Mountain ridgeline past numerous viewpoints to a lookout tower in Mount Hood National Forest.
A steady climb past towering firs and a cascading waterfall leads to Dublin Lake–the hidden gem of the Columbia River Gorge–on this 13.3-mile out-and-back.
This challenging, 12.2-mile trek ascends the spiny, volcanic ridge of Three Fingered Jack for dizzying views across the Cascade Mountains.
Trek through a lush wonderland en route to four spectacular waterfalls, countless swimming holes, and postcard-worthy views of the Columbia River Gorge on this 8.8-mile loop.
Save a weekend for this 27.4-mile loop in the Cascades that climbs an extinct shield volcano and tours lake-dotted landscapes in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.
This two-day, 26.5-mile loop in the Cascades climbs an extinct shield volcano and tours lake-dotted landscapes in Diamond Peak Wilderness.
Link lake-dotted landscapes, Cascade views, and waterfront campsites on this two-day, 28 miler that climbs an extinct shield volcano in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.
This 10.6-mile out-and-back in the Cascade Range negotiates a variety of climbing routes to a crumbling volcanic summit (and a dizzying view).
This strenuous 16-mile trek weaves past golden meadows to the crumbling crown of Broken Top, a glacier-scraped volcano in Three Sisters Wilderness.
Climb to the top of a glacier-scraped volcano for dramatic views of the Cascades on this difficult, 12.5-mile out-and-back in Three Sisters Wilderness.
One of the Gorge’s steepest and most enjoyable trails, the path to Munra Point features several challenging scrambles and five-star views across the Columbia River.
You’ll find postcard-worthy views atop a rocky lookout on this 9.6-mile lollipop loop touring the lush forests and ravines of the Columbia River Gorge.
Backpack across one of America’s original wilderness areas.
Take a long day or a leisurely weekend to explore Lolo Pass.
This 8.5-mile loop in Cape Perpetua Scenic Area hugs the Oregon coast before heading inland to lush old-growth forest and views of the Coast Range and Pacific Ocean.
Discover two secluded cascades on this 3.7-mile out-and-back in Shellburg Falls Recreation Area.
This 14.7-mile section hike of the Oregon Coast Trail starts at the mouth of the Columbia River and explores sandy beaches and the remains of a 100-year-old shipwreck.
Ditch the crowds on this lesser-traveled, 8.7-miler in the Columbia River Gorge that features shady old-growth forest, striking rock pinnacles, and a breathtaking waterfall.
Grab your hiking boots and a swimsuit for this 7.4-mile hike along the Little North Santiam River that tours a string of crystal clear swimming holes.
This easy-going, 3-mile section hike along the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail passes cascading creeks, moss-draped forest, and lovely views of the McKenzie River.
Discover spectacular wildflower displays and unrivaled views across the Columbia River Gorge on this popular summit hike.
On this 12.7-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail, you’ll tour two coastal towns, travel to a lighthouse lookout, and skim the edge of craggy headlands.
A classic waterfall hike in Silver Falls State Park, the Trail of Ten Falls visits 11 cascades and tours lush forests sprinkled with vibrant wildflowers.
Massive, mossy trees lend a fairy tale air to this 7.1-mile out-and-back through the Drift Creek Wilderness and one of the Oregon coast’s last remaining stands of old growth.
Take the secluded route up Larch Mountain to a popular pinnacle on this 7-mile loop that features shady woods, vibrant wildflowers, and huge, 5-mountain views.
This 6.6-mile out-and-back visits an old fire lookout site and two wildflower-strewn meadows with postcard-worthy views of Mount Hood.
Climb the Northwest’s tallest nontechnical volcano.
Roughly an hour from Portland, this must-do dayhike in Mount Hood National Forest skirts the Sandy River and offers spectacular views of Ramona Falls.
Get your fill of breathtaking waterfalls on this 13.1-mile out-and-back in the Columbia River Gorge that visits Punchbowl Falls, Tunnel Falls, and Twister Falls.
Start with a casual romp through lush rainforest and a beaver pond meadow, traverse a coastal headland to an historic lighthouse, then delve down through “Middle Earth” to a mystic beach on this 6-mile loop hike.
Hike through lush coastal forest with the sounds of barking sea lions, to view a hidden cove and waterfall from atop a meadowy bluff on Oregon’s rugged Pacific Coast.
Hike to Tomlike Mountain. This is a nice hike with great views of Mt. Hood.
Trail to Chinidere Mountain. This is a fairly easy trail that offers great views of Mt. Hood as well as several other Oregon and Washington mountains.
Wyeth trail to North Lake. This is a fairly steep trail that makes for a good workout. North lake is a nice destination.
Go for a dayhike or an easy overnight to one of these quiet cascade lakes, both in the shadow of towering volcanic peaks.
Get big mountain scenery without the big mountain effort on this 6.9-mile out-and-back that visits two gorgeous alpine lakes, secluded campsites, and a 60-foot trailside waterfall.
Skirt volcanic cliffs amid hillside meadows to a pair of small alpine lakes and secluded camp spots on this 8.5-mile lollipop-loop.
Explore John Day Fossil Beds’ Painted Hills unit on four short hikes, offering both up-close and panoramic views of otherworldly prehistoric volcanic landscapes.
This 3.9-mile loop in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument features panoramic views of Blue Basin and a memorable tour of 20-million-year-old fossils.
Wander amid shaded forest filled with fern and wildflowers on one of the longer trails in Oregon’s newest state park.
Get beyond the crowds on this 5.4-mile loop hike that visits 6 waterfalls – one of them “secret” – and tops out above 620′ Multnomah Falls, the 2nd-highest year-round waterfall in the U.S.
Get a quick hiking fix without leaving town by exploring the network of trails that crisscross this extinct volcano in southeast Portland.
Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile trek in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
A 33 mile loop around the Middle and South Sisters, in Central Oregon.
Find primo lakeside camping on a rainforest-to-alpine loop.
Easily accessible loop hike to two waterfalls in the Mt. Hood National forest.
Traverse the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area’s widest stretch of sandy mountains on this 5-mile out-and-back that winds atop shifting sands to the crashing Pacific shoreline.
Navigate a maze of old logging roads and narrow tracks on this 5 mile loop through Portland’s Tualatin Mountains, keeping your eyes peeled for birds and wildlife.
Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and cascade peak views on this 3-mile loop trail just minutes from downtown.
This urban riverfront walk through downtown Bend links wide green parks and visits the old Mill District.
Hike this short, steep route to an 1,145′ crest above the Columbia River for spectacular views of the eastern Gorge.
Hike up Steens Mountain via Big Indian Canyon. Crest the summit, and trek down to return via Little Blitzen Canyon.
Breitenbush Lake – Jefferson Park. 7.5 mile RT to the Ridge, 11 to Russell Lake.
This 9.5-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail winds south on sandy beaches punctuated with craggy headlands and 235-foot Haystack Rock.
4 trails link together to create a brutal loop dayhike in the Oregon Coast Range.
This 4-mile lollipop loop explores a stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway, a stately section of old-growth forest, and tops out 900′ above the Columbia River for bird’s-eye views of the eastern Gorge.
Hike a 3.9-mile loop around, and over, Oregon’s most popular rock climbing destination; with closeup views of the Monkey Face pillar, panoramas of the Central Cascades, and a knee-crunching descent of Misery Ridge.
Use a lesser-traveled access route to this 4.4-mile lollipop loop in Forest Park, and sample some of the park’s more popular trails.
Stroll through Central Oregon’s Badlands amid 1,000-year-old juniper trees and crumbling lava outcrops to an ancient hollowed-out lava plateau.
This popular 3-mile lollipop loop visits a small, subalpine lake featuring a front-row view of Mt. Hood, and an option to continue to a higher viewpoint.
This waterfall hike up Cold Spring Creek, on the east side of Mt. Hood, offers two options: a 3.5 mile out-and-back, or a 5 mile loop.
This 2-mile hike in the Clackamas Foothills visits a forested lake cirque, then tops out on 4,850′ South Fork Mountain with endless views over Oregon’s and Washington’s cascade peaks.
This spur off the Pacific Crest Trail, on the south side of Mt. Hood, visits two picturesque lakes and traverses a high ridge over Barlow Valley and Palmateer Meadows.
Get 2-for-1 popular Mt. Hood hikes by starting this 12-miler at the Top Spur trailhead; first hike the PCT to lacy Ramona Falls, then return via the Timberline Trail for huge Mt. Hood views and to wander through Bald Mountain’s wildflowers meadows.
Discover real wilderness just two hours from Portland.
With no shortage of waterfalls in the area, let the crowds go to Silver Falls, and hike this 4-mile lollipop loop that visits three waterfalls of its own on much quieter trail.
After a catastrophic fire in the 19th century, the forest surrounding Burnt Lake has regrown, offering a pleasant 7.5-mile stroll on Zigzag Mountain’s north flank to a pretty lake for dayhiking or camping.
Eagle Cap’s top trip, a 41-mile tucked away in the southeastern part of Oregon’s largest wilderness, deals a royal flush of granite towers and secluded lakeside camping.
Spend three days circling the jagged, gaping remains of one of Central Oregon’s peaks on this 22.6-mile loop in the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Enjoy cool, lush forest along and above the banks of the Sandy River on this 5.6-mile double loop trail in Gresham’s Oxbow Regional Park.
Climb to views of the Pacific Ocean and major Cascade Range peaks on this 5-mile hike to Saddle Mountain.
Climb to an under-the-radar peak in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness on this 11.4-mile out-and-back an hour southeast of Portland.
Slip past tides along cliffy coasts on an easy-to-plan long weekend.
Oregon harbors some of the greatest gems on the Pacific Crest Trail—but you’ll never know it if you don’t take your time.
Get the Wallowas to yourself on this loop through prime bear habitat in the rugged Joseph Canyon. BY PATRICE LA VIGNE
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