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Trails Near Portland

Portland: Washington Park

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.

Portland: Old Salmon River Trail

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.

Portland: Salmon Butte Summit Trail

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.

Portland, OR: Milo McIver State Park

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.

Vancouver, WA: Round Lake

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.

Portland: Elk Rock Island

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.

Portland: West Linn Wilderness Trail

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.

Portland: Mary Young State Park

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.

Portland, OR: Tom Dick and Harry Mountain via Mirror Lake

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.

Portland: Twin Lakes

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.

Portland: Oak Island

Take a 5-mile tour of grasslands and forests in this island-inside-an-island wildlife refuge.

Portland: Triple Falls

Wet your adventure whistle on this 5-mile out-and-back to four waterfalls and countless swimming holes in the picturesque Oneonta Gorge.

Vancouver, WA: Huckleberry Mountain

Trek above old lava fields to the summit of Huckleberry Mountain on this 10.2-mile round-trip ramble in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Portland: Pup Creek Falls

Climb an easy 1,000 feet above the Clackamas River to a three-tiered waterfall that rivals almost anything in Maui.

Portland, OR: Kings Mountain

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.

Portland, OR: Champoeg Park Loop

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.

Portland, OR: Larch Mountain

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.

Portland: Oaks Bottom

Explore a local wildlife hideout on this easy 3.5-mile loop into oak forest and along soggy wetlands near the Willamette River.

Portland, OR: Wildwood Trail

Roam dense forests and lush ravines on this 6.4-mile trek just minutes from downtown Portland.

Portland, OR: Wahkeena Falls to Sherrard Point

This 14.6-miler rewards hikers with wildflower meadows and views over four monster peaks.

Portland, OR: Short Sand Beach

Stroll through Giant Sitka spruce to craggy coastal views, then climb into old-growth forest and wild meadows.

Portland: Squaw Mountain

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.

Bend, OR: South Sister Loop

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.

Portland: Hawk Mountain

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.

Portland: Triangulation Peak

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.

Vancouver, WA: Sister Rocks to Observation Peak

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.

Portland: Willamette Mission Loop

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.

Portland: Coyote Point

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.

Vancouver, WA: Mount Mitchell

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.

Portland: Park Ridge

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.

Vancouver, WA Three Falls on Lewis River Trail

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.

Portland, OR: Terwilleger Trail

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.

Portland, OR: Marys Peak

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.

Portland: Blue Lake Trail

This 6.6-miler in southwest Washington’s Indian Heaven Wilderness takes you to a faraway wildland splattered with lakes, ponds, and marshes.

Portland, OR: Hamilton Mountain

Climb high above the Columbia Gorge on this 6.9-mile loop to a skyline of volcanoes, peaks, and endless green hills.

Portland: Marquam Trail to Council Crest

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.

Portland, OR: Powell Butte Loop

Seek quick refuge from busy streets of Portland on this 5.3-mile loop across wooded slopes to a summit showcasing three snowy peaks.

Portland: Saddle Mountain

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.

Portland: Tryon Creek State Park Loop

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.

Portland: Leif Erickson Corridor to Maple Trail

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.

Portland: Angels Rest

Earth, wind, and fire are all present on this 3.6-mile dayhike to a secluded waterfall and overlooks above the Columbia Gorge.

Portland: Indian Racetrack Trail

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.

Portland: Herman Creek

This shady trail in the Columbia River Gorge links four waterfalls in a moss-shrouded gorge with a handful of campsites.

Portland: Cape Falcon

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.

Portland: Dry Creek Falls

This 4.2-mile out-and-back leads to a beautiful cascade that, despite its misleading name, tumbles 50 feet from mossy cliffs.

Vancouver, WA: Bird Creek Meadows

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.

Portland: Elk Meadows Loop

Escape the city grunge on this 5.5-mile loop past river views and 500-red Douglas firs in Oxbow Regional Park.

Portland: Tillamook Head

Hike to the western terminius of the Lewis and Clark expedition on this 5-mile loop to the Pacific coast.

Portland: Silver Star Mountain

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.

Portland: Takena Landing Park

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.

Portland, ME: Casco Bay Paddle

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.

Portland: Minto-Brown Island Park

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.

Portland: Wahclella Falls

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.

Portland, OR: Cape Lookout Point

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.

Portland: Rooster Rock

This 3.9-mile loop provides a quick escape from the city, offering miles of sandy shoreline, wooded trails, and magnificent vistas.

Portland: Tryon Creek Loop

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.

Portland: Smith and Bybee Wetlands

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.

Portland: Hole-in-the-Wall Falls Loop

Loop under old-growth firs, by widespread vistas above the Columbia River, and past several photoworthy waterfalls on this exciting 2.1-mile dayhike.

Portland, OR: McCall Point

The stunning views on this windy point connect the deep blues of the Columbia Gorge to snowy volcanic cones of Mounts Hood and Adams.

Portland, OR: Columbia Slough

This kid-friendly paddle explores the narrow waterways of the Columbia Slough where heaps of birds and wildlife hide along the brushy banks.

Portland: Ruckel Ridge Loop

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.

Bend, OR: Mount Thielsen

This volcano has lured explorers for decades. Good reason too: The 8.8-miler mixes trails, routefinding, and hand-over-hand scrambling.

Portland, OR: Mount Defiance

Make a weekend out of this 18-mile trip that boasts a string of waterfalls, summit views, and lakeside camping in the Columbia Gorge.

Portland, OR: Ecola State Park

Walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on this seaside 12.5-mile hike on the Oregon Coast Trail.

Portland, OR: Devils Rest

In 6.2 miles, you’ll visit two waterfalls and climb through old-growth forest to a wooded summit above the Columbia River Gorge.

Vancouver, WA: Silver Star Mountain

Traverse a wildflower-strewn ridge to stunning views in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Portland, OR: Flag Point Lookout Tower (Winter Route)

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.

Portland, OR: Crosstown Trail (Winter Route)

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.

Portland, OR: Pocket Creek to Meadows Creek (Winter Route)

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.

Portland, OR: Nesmith Point

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.

Portland, OR: Mount Hood via the South Side Route

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.

Vancouver, WA: Table Mountain via Pacific Crest Trail

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.

Bend, OR: South Sister via Obsidian Trail

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.

Portland, OR: Devils Peak Lookout via Hunchback Mountain Trail

This 16.5-miler follows the Hunchback Mountain ridgeline past numerous viewpoints to a lookout tower in Mount Hood National Forest.

Portland, OR: Dublin Lake via Tanner Butte Trail

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.

Portland, OR: Rock of Ages

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.

Bend, OR: Diamond Peak 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.

Bend, OR: Diamond Peak via Trapper Creek

This two-day, 26.5-mile loop in the Cascades climbs an extinct shield volcano and tours lake-dotted landscapes in Diamond Peak Wilderness.

Bend, OR: Diamond Peak via Pacific Crest Trail

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.

Bend, OR: Mount Washington via Pacific Crest Trail

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).

Bend, OR: Broken Top via Park Meadow Trail

This strenuous 16-mile trek weaves past golden meadows to the crumbling crown of Broken Top, a glacier-scraped volcano in Three Sisters Wilderness.

Bend, OR: Broken Top via Green Lakes Trail

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.

Portland, OR: Munra Point

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.

Portland, OR: Indian Point via Nick Eaton Ridge

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.

Portland, OR: Lolo Pass

Take a long day or a leisurely weekend to explore Lolo Pass.

Eugene, OR: Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

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.

Oregon Coast Trail (Section 01): South Jetty to Gearhart

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.

Portland, OR: Herman Creek Pinnacles

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.

Salem, OR: Little North Santiam Trail

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.

Vancouver, WA: Dog Mountain Loop

Discover spectacular wildflower displays and unrivaled views across the Columbia River Gorge on this popular summit hike.

Oregon Coast Trail (Section 02): Gearhart to Ecola State Park

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.

Portland, OR: Larch Mountain Crater

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.

Portland, OR: Wildcat Mountain and McIntyre Ridge

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.

Vancouver, WA: Mount Adams via South Spur

Climb the Northwest’s tallest nontechnical volcano.

Portland, OR: Ramona Falls

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.

Portland, OR: Eagle Creek to Twister 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.

Portland, OR: Tomlike Mountain

Hike to Tomlike Mountain. This is a nice hike with great views of Mt. Hood.

Portland, OR: Chinidere Mountain

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.

Portland, OR: Wyeth Trail to North Lake

Wyeth trail to North Lake. This is a fairly steep trail that makes for a good workout. North lake is a nice destination.

Stub Stewart State Park, OR: Bumping Knots Loop

Wander amid shaded forest filled with fern and wildflowers on one of the longer trails in Oregon’s newest state park.

Portland, OR: Multnomah Falls Loop

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.

Portland, OR: Mount Tabor

Get a quick hiking fix without leaving town by exploring the network of trails that crisscross this extinct volcano in southeast Portland.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Ape Canyon

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.

Portland, OR: Wahtum Lake via Eagle Creek and Herman Creek Trails

Find primo lakeside camping on a rainforest-to-alpine loop.

Portland, OR: Umbrella Falls Loop

Easily accessible loop hike to two waterfalls in the Mt. Hood National forest.

Portland, OR: Beaver Pond Loop

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.

Portland, OR: Burlington Loop

Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and cascade peak views on this 3-mile loop trail just minutes from downtown.

Portland, OR: Mitchell Point

Hike this short, steep route to an 1,145′ crest above the Columbia River for spectacular views of the eastern Gorge.

Portland, OR: Elk Mountain-Kings Mountain Traverse

4 trails link together to create a brutal loop dayhike in the Oregon Coast Range.

Portland, OR: Tooth Rock & Wauna Viewpoint

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.

Bend, OR: Smith Rock Loop

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.

Portland, OR: Willalatin 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.

Portland, OR: Rock & Serene Lakes

Discover real wilderness just two hours from Portland.

Portland, OR: Sandy River Loop

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.

Portland, OR: Saddle Mountain

Climb to views of the Pacific Ocean and major Cascade Range peaks on this 5-mile hike to Saddle Mountain.

Portland, OR: Huckleberry Mountain via Bonanza Trail

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.

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Portland: Old Salmon River Trail

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.

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Portland: Salmon Butte Summit Trail

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.

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Portland: Washington Park

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.

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Portland: Elk Rock Island

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.

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Portland: West Linn Wilderness Trail

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.

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Portland: Mary Young State Park

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.

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Portland: Twin Lakes

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.

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