Best Backpacking in Oregon

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

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#1. 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

#2. 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

#3. 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

#4. 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)
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#5. 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)
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#6. 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

#7. Columbia River Gorge Loop (Backpacking)


Close proximity to Portland and a wealth of easily accessible attractions ensure that dayhikers will always dominate the trails of the Columbia River Gorge. For those willing to invest more time in ex…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Hood River, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 39 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. Diamond Peak Loop (Backpacking)


The high, snowy ridge of Diamond Peak rises impressively over the lush forests and quiet lakes south of Willamette Pass. Despite easy access and beautiful scenery, the wilderness surrounding this moun…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Oakridge, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 27 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#9. Rogue River Trail (Backpacking)


Southern Oregon’s Rogue River has earned a special place in the hearts of whitewater rafters. The 40-mile float trip from Grave Creek to Illahe is one of the most popular in the country, and it’s easy…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Wolf Creek, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 40 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#10. Oregon Coast - Bandon to Port Orford (Backpacking)


For the most part, Highway 101 closely hugs the Oregon shoreline, rarely out of sight of the ocean. Between Bandon and Port Orford, however, the highway takes an inland course miles away from the beac…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Bandon, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 29 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. Mink Lake Area (Backpacking)


The south half of the Three Sisters Wilderness has a totally different character than the north. There are no tall peaks, no glaciers, few meadows, and only limited views. What the hiker will discover…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Sunriver, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 24 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#12. Mirror Lake


Join the crowd and hike the most direct and popular route into the heart of Eagle Cap Wilderness to a lake that often reflects the stunning image of 9,572-foot Eagle Cap Peak.…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest"
Lostine, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 15 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Wenaha River Trail (Backpacking)


For countless thousands of years the Wenaha River has been carving a canyon into the lava tablelands of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. The result of these relentless efforts is a spectacular 2,000-foot-deep…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Enterprise, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 32 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Chimney Peak


A long, round-trip day hike or a two- to three-day, round-trip backpack in the Middle Santiam Wilderness. Stretching from east to west, the Chimney Peak Trail—the only major trail in the preserve—span…
From the guidebook "Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry)"
Sweet Home, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 18 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Wallowa River Loop (Backpacking)


This trip features the best scenery in the most beautiful mountains in Oregon. Crystal-clear lakes and streams, meadows filled with wildflowers, glacier-polished white granite peaks... the list of joy…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Joseph, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 36 miles
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#16. Herman Creek Trail to Wahtum Lake


A good overnight route with loop options back on the Benson Plateau. Herman Creek is known for its old growth fir and cedar forest. The best trees are past the Casey Creek junction. For an overnight…
From the guidebook "Hiking The Columbia River Gorge"
Hood River, OR - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 12.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Echo Lake


The climb into the rocky Echo Lake alpine basin only whets your appetite for further exploration into a less heavily used high-country area of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Note that this is not the Echo…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest"
Union, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Honeycombs Loop (Backpacking)


Tucked away on the east side of Owyhee Reservoir is a land of striking beauty. In the dry canyons of this desert country are a collection of oddly shaped rock pinnacles, towers, and cliffs painted in…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Jordan Valley, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 17 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Hells Canyon Bench "High" Trail (Backpacking)


For lovers of canyon scenery and wildflowers, the Bench Trail through Hells Canyon is the experience of a lifetime. Following a mid-canyon route about halfway between the river and the Summit Ridge, t…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Imnaha, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 63 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#20. East Eagle - Imnaha Loop (Backpacking)


Here is yet another remarkably beautiful loop hike through the spectacular Wallowa Mountains. The focus here is on the southeast part of the range. As is true everywhere in these mountains, this trip…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow"
Baker City, OR - Backpacking, Hiking - 38 miles
Published by Wilderness Press