Best Trails of Oregon

This list represents the most popular trails in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Alder Glen Recreation Site


In a moss-draped alder and maple setting, this welcoming Nestucca River campground sits across the river from a lacy, pyramid-shaped waterfall. Sites have paved parking spaces, and a paved path leads…
From the guidebook "Camping Oregon"
Beaver, OR - Campgrounds Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in or - Click to view allBestCampgrounds Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Eagle Creek Trail to Wahtum Lake


The second most famous and perhaps most enjoyable hike in the Gorge. Eagle Creek Trail is second only to Multnomah Falls in popularity, being the hike with more waterfalls than any other in the Columb…
From the guidebook "Hiking The Columbia River Gorge"
Dodson, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 13.3 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Bagby Hot Springs


Includes: Bull of the Woods and Bull of the Woods to the Welcome Lakes Loop. A day hike through lush woods to the Shangri-La of hot soaks. No need to pack a swimsuit. The 1.5-mile Bagby Trail is a del…
From the guidebook "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest"
Estacada, OR - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Salmon River


The Salmon River, which starts on the slopes of Timberline Ski Area, is the only river in the lower 48 states that is classified as a Wild and Scenic River from its headwater to its mouth. (To see its…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland"
Zigzag Mountain, OR - Hiking - 5.2 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Trillium Lake Loop


Trillium Lake is a classic winter sight, and not something you would expect to find so close to a highway. The wide sweep of the frozen lake surface lends a natural sense of drama that you might think…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Oregon"
Government Camp, OR - Snowshoeing - 5 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view allBestSnowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Henry Hagg Lake


Henry Hagg Lake is a 1,200-acre reservoir that provides excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of fish species. Constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation for irrigation and flood control, it is…
From the guidebook "Fishing Oregon"
Forest Grove, OR - Fishing Best Trail in or - Click to view allBestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Jones Creek


In historic Tillamook State Forest, this campground offers beautiful sites in a mature, even-aged Douglas fir forest riddled with alders. The campsites are aesthetically pleasing and spacious, with lo…
From the guidebook "Camping Oregon"
Tillamook, OR - Campgrounds Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Deschutes River Trail


Along the Deschutes River between Bend and Sunriver. Beautiful scenery, including three class 5 falls on the Deschutes river and lava flows; rolling singletrack.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Bend"
Bend, OR - Mountain Biking - 30 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Bull of the Woods Loop (Backpacking)


Backpackers who want a taste of what the Old Cascades used to be like will enjoy this loop through the Opal Creek and Bull of the Woods wilderness areas. The massive trees along Opal Creek drew nation…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Salem, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 41 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#10. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area


The trails in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area take you through a rich coastal ecosystem, giving visitors an excellent opportunity to view seabirds, tide-pool creatures, harbor seals, and mig…
From the guidebook "Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)"
Newport, OR - Hiking - 1 mile Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Timberline Trail Loop (Backpacking)


The Timberline Trail circling Mount Hood is probably the most famous footpath in the state. Guidebooks describing the finest hiking trails in the nation often include this spectacular route, so Oregon…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Government Camp, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 41 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#12. Mirror Lake


Here’s a great little hike for several reasons. For starters, it’s a good alternative for those of you traveling to Mount Hood with skier friends who will be bashing their knees at the ski areas; you…
From the guidebook "Snowshoe Routes: Oregon"
Government Camp, OR - Snowshoeing - 3 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view allBestSnowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Oregon Coast - Seaside to Manzanita (Backpacking)


This popular stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail packs a lot of scenic variety in a small area. From beaches and tidepools to dense forests and high viewpoints this trip has it all. Add a dose of histor…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Seaside, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 31 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Three Sisters Loop (Backpacking)


One of Oregon’s greatest long backpacking trips, this route completely circles the Three Sisters, providing ever-changing views of these beautiful siblings. It also visits lesser-known family members…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Sisters, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 55 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#15. Hoyt Arboretum


This route travels through the spectacular 185-acre tree museum of Hoyt Arboretum in Southwest Portland. The path winds through a variety of forested ecosystems, including oak woodland, redwoods, and…
From the guidebook "Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)"
Portland, OR - Hiking - 1.8 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Eagle Creek - Tanner Butte Loop


The second most famous and perhaps most enjoyable hike in the gorge.…
From the guidebook "Hiking The Columbia River Gorge"
Cascade Locks, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 24.2 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Black Butte


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)"
Sisters, OR - Hiking - 3.8 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Horsetail, Oneonta, and Triple Falls


If you love waterfalls, this hike is for you. This route through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area visits four beautiful waterfalls, offers a great view of the narrow chasm of Oneonta Gorg…
From the guidebook "Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)"
Portland, OR - Hiking - 6.4 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Belknap Hot Springs Resort


A well-known commercial resort on the banks of the McKenzie River. Belknap Hot Springs has been a popular destination resort for Oregonians for more than 125 years. Since the 1870s the scalding hot…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Blue River, OR - Scenic Drives Best Trail in or - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Green Lakes


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.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend & Central Oregon"
Bend, OR - Hiking - 9 miles Best Trail in or - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides