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    Best Dog Hikes Oregon

    by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)
    Best Dog Hikes Oregon  by Adam Sawyer
    The cities and towns of Oregon consistently top lists of places to live in the United States, and it’s easy to see why: hundreds of miles of rugged coastline, thousands of acres of national forest and wilderness to explore, and cities lauded for their ecoconsciousness and dog-friendliness. It’s no wonder that the sidewalks of Portland, Bend, and Eugene are a living runway for outdoor apparel brands: When you can reach so many natural wonders in an hour or two, you want to be prepared when the opportunity to hit the trail presents itself! Here you won’t just find amazing Oregon hikes, but amazing Oregon hikes that will be fun for both you and your dog.

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    Trails from the "Best Dog Hikes Oregon" Guide Book
    44 Trail Guides

    The trek to Ice Lake is the premier waterfall hike in eastern Oregon. The numerous named and unnamed cascades that tumble along Adam Creek are certainly a big draw. But it’s the scenery of the Wallowa Mountains that makes this classic 15.4-mile out-and-back day hike or overnight backpacking trip get better with every mile. If you’re not up for the big trip, the much more attainable BC Falls can be reached from the same trailhead.
    Enterprise, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 15.4
    This route follows the southern segment of the Deschutes River Trail. It takes you through a magnificent old-growth ponderosa pine forest along the banks of the moody Deschutes River. Highlights of the route include a spectacular viewpoint of Benham Falls, grand views of South Sister and Broken Top, and opportunities to see ospreys and other wildlife. Options to hike farther on the Deschutes River Trail are available. This route starts at the picturesque Benham Falls Day-Use Picnic Area that is set among towering old-growth ponderosa pine trees. The day-use area has picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms. You’ll begin the hike by walking on a forested path along the shores of the Deschutes River. The river is very quiet and wide along this section because of a man-made logjam located above the wood bridge that crosses the river.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
    The most visually stunning of the accessible gorges in the Steens Mountain area. Home to a wonderful campsite among cottonwood trees. Longer option to headwall. The gorges of the Steens Mountain region are among its most defining characteristics. Carved by snow and glaciers, these massive chasms are 2,000 feet deep and over time have become incubators for trees, wildlife, and even a few small trout. Big Indian is the most impressive of the accessible gorges and popular among hikers, backpackers, and equestrians. Those seeking an easy day hike often stop at a large rock that provides an impressive view into the canyon, while backpackers head for Cottonwood Camp. Adventure seekers occasionally travel all the way to the canyon’s headwall, where hidden waterfalls can be found. Some even scramble 2,000 feet up the headwall cliffs into Wildhorse Lake basin.
    Burns, OR - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 13
    This trail leads to the top of one of Central Oregon’s best-known landmarks, 6,436 foot Black Butte. The summit includes three historic fire lookouts and fantastic views of several Cascade peaks to the west. Interpretive signs en route to the summit point out native plant and tree species. Black Butte rises 6,436 feet above the Central Oregon landscape. This well-known geological landmark, a 1.5-million-year-old stratovolcano, was created by numerous basaltic lava flows over hundreds of years. Because Black Butte stands in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, it has not been exposed to the eroding forces of wind and water like its neighboring peaks and has therefore managed to maintain its conical shape.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
    A gorgeous and multifaceted stretch of Oregon Coast scenic area showcasing dunes, rugged coastline, and the state’s tallest bridge. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor might well be the most spectacular stretch of coast in the entire state of Oregon—it’s certainly a strong contender. The problem is there are so many pullouts, picnic areas, and very short trails that it’s difficult to decide where to spend your time. Further, the area’s proximity to US 101 can lessen the experience. With all those factors in mind, one of the best continuous stretches of trail is between the Whaleshead Picnic Area and Thomas Creek Bridge.
    Brookings, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
    This popular loop route takes you past Jack Lake and on a tour of a high alpine meadow with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack. High mountain scenery is the highlight of this popular trail. The route takes you past Jack Lake and then enters spectacular Canyon Creek Meadows. Jack Lake covers about 7 acres and is host to a nice campground. After 0.2 mile you’ll arrive in a high alpine meadow that has a profusion of bright purple lupine and brilliant red Indian paintbrush blooms in the summer. After 2 miles you’ll enjoy a stunning view of the craggy spires of 7,841-foot Three Fingered Jack—named in honor of Joaquin Murietta, an aspiring gold rusher with a mutilated, three-fingered hand.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5
    Chimney Rock is a prominent rock formation located high above the Crooked River. This short hike takes you on a tour through a high desert ecosystem of sage and juniper to the base of Chimney Rock where you can enjoy views of the Crooked River canyon and the Central Cascade Mountains. In the warm months, be sure to cool off in the river after your hike! This short hike to the base of Chimney Rock gives you scenic views of the Crooked River canyon and the Central Cascade Mountains. From the trailhead you’ll follow a series of switchbacks up a grass- and sage-covered hillside. As the trail climbs higher, you’ll pass some twisted and gnarled juniper trees. Their stunted growth hides their age—some of the trees here are more than a century old. After 1.4 miles you’ll arrive at the dramatic spire of Chimney Rock.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
    From the pass above the Seven Lakes Basin, this hike scales the summit of Devil’s Peak. When combined with the Seven Lakes Trail (see “Options” below), this is the most scenic route in the Sky Lakes. Devil’s Peak offers one of the classic views of the Southern Cascades. From its 7,552-summit, the Seven Lakes Basin spreads out below like blue footprints in a valley carved by glaciers ripping through this landscape 7,000 years ago. The hike is not easy, but it’s not killingly difficult, either.
    Crater Lake, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6
    This trail through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area traverses a deep scenic canyon carved by bubbling Eagle Creek and shaded by a canopy of oak, bigleaf maple, and cedar.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
    This trail runs from East Eagle Trailhead to Mirror Lake, providing the easiest access to the popular Lakes Basin area from the south, climbing the scenic East Eagle Creek Canyon.
    Enterprise, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.6
    This trail, suitable for a day hike or backpack, leads from Two Pan Trailhead to Mirror Lake. The East Fork Lostine River Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in the Wallowas. Head south from the parking area. Follow the trail 200 yards south to the wilderness boundary and the junction with the West Fork Lostine River Trail. Another trail from the south side of the large parking area connects with the main trail just before the junction. Bear left at the junction. From here the trail climbs for 1 mile to a single log bridge crossing the East Fork of the Lostine River. The trail continues to climb, making a couple of switchbacks on an open boulder-strewn hillside, then makes a couple more switchbacks and comes out in a level area 2 miles from the trailhead (6,850 ft.). You get a good view of Hurricane Divide to the east from the switchbacks on the open hillside.
    Enterprise, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.6
    This easy, charming trail leads to two beautiful alpine lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness, with a thundering 40-foot waterfall in between. The path to the lower lake is nearly level and is considered wheelchair-accessible. The best of all hiking trails—when it comes to scenery and relaxation—are mountain pathways in the wilderness that wind through dense forest and emerge at exquisite and isolated alpine lakes. The Erma Bell Lakes Trail not only accomplishes all of that, but the trail is also virtually level for the first 1.7 miles.
    Bend, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
    This beautiful trail follows the course of the spring-fed Fall River. The uncrowded route takes you through immense groves of ponderosa pine trees and offers many scenic viewpoints of the river where you may see Canada geese, ospreys, and mallard ducks. Located in the Deschutes National Forest southwest of Bend, Fall River is a beautiful spring-fed river stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. The source of the river is situated about 2 miles northwest of Pringle Falls on the Deschutes River. From this location the river meanders northeast for about 8 miles until it joins the Deschutes River about 6 miles below Pringle Falls. This route parallels the course of the river for 3.2 miles. The tour takes you through a forest corridor of stately ponderosa pine trees. These yellow-barked giants are prized for their clear, even grain, which is used for door and window frames.
    Bend, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
    This popular hike parallels enchanting Fall Creek and leads you to the Green Lakes Basin. You can admire this group of high Cascade lakes and also enjoy views of South Sister and Broken Top. This popular route takes you on a tour of the Three Sisters Wilderness along the banks of charming Fall Creek. This boulder-strewn creek is filled with beautiful waterfalls around almost every bend. You’ll follow the wide, dirt path along the banks of the creek through a fragrant forest. The trail also affords views of the Newberry Lava Flow, which erupted from the southeast side of South Sister—youngest of the Three Sisters volcanoes.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
    The Hagg Lake Trail passes through open meadows and oak woodlands next to the shores of 1,113-acre Hagg Lake. Rewards along the way include prime blackberry picking, awesome swimming holes, and opportunities to view a variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, bobcats, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, songbirds, and a variety of waterfowl. The 14.1-mile Hagg Lake Trail is a wonderful hiking opportunity close to Portland. This singletrack trail parallels the contours of Henry Hagg Lake and has a variety of terrain: open meadows, forest, cool stream crossings, bridges, rolling hills, and scenic picnic areas.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.1
    Latourell Falls is the closest major gorge waterfall to Portland. The 224-foot falls are as powerful and ominous as they are beautiful. The loop hike that visits Latourell and its upper falls is an easy jaunt, with breathtaking views, but start early or hike on the weekdays so you and your dog can avoid the crowds. Starting from the parking area, hike up a steep, paved path to a very photo-worthy viewpoint. From here the pavement soon ends and the trail ascends to the top of Latourell Falls. Please avoid the temptation to take any boot paths leading down to the top of the falls. They are dangerous at best. The hike now joins the creek and the path leads high above lower Latourell to the lesser-visited upper falls.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
    Day hike from Maxwell Lake Trailhead on the Lostine River Road to Maxwell Lake Trail 1674. The alpine setting of the lake and the views along the trail make it well worth the climb. Walk across the Lostine River Road and through the campground. Then head west and cross the Lostine River on a bridge. Seventy-five feet after crossing the river is the Eagle Cap Wilderness boundary sign. At 0.2 mile there is a major creek crossing (5,470 ft.). This crossing may be difficult during periods of heavy runoff. There are boulders a few feet below the trail that can be used to aid in the crossing.
    Enterprise, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
    This 3.0-mile loop visits the most scenic portion of the beautiful McKenzie River, through dense forest and past two of its most impressive highlights, the 70-foot Koosah Falls and the 100-foot Sahalie Falls. Beyond the falls area, the Waterfalls Trail ends at the junction with the 26-mile McKenzie River Trail.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
    This trail has everything you ever wanted: a smooth trail; a bubbling creek to cool off you and your dog, a scenic alpine lake; a spectacular view of Mount Hood; wildflowers; and cool, shady forest.
    Portland, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
    This is a magnificent hike to the top of southern Oregon’s highest and most beloved volcano. The ascent of southern Oregon’s Fujiyama is a major undertaking. Both you and your dog need to be physically fit and outfitted for this trek, the most difficult hike included in this book, but the experience will be worth it! The McLoughlin Trail rises 3,777 feet in 4.9 miles. Soaring altitude and a final mile that ascends 1,641 feet over arduous terrain make McLoughlin far more difficult even than other nearby volcanoes with a similar gradient and elevation gain. The trail’s first 2.0 miles ascend only about 800 feet, gently exploring a deep woods of white fir, Shasta red fir, white pine, and mountain hemlock. It joins the Pacific Crest Trail from the south after 0.9 mile. At the end of the path’s only long, level stretch, the PCT peels off northward at mile 1.4. In between, the short Freye Lake Trail takes o ff to the right. It’s 5 minutes to Freye Lake, but few people bother to expend the energy when there’s a volcano to climb.
    Rogue River, OR - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.8

    State Log Book

    Jul 2019