Best Hiking in Oregon

This list represents the most popular hiking in Oregon (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Oregon hiking 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. 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

#3. 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

#4. 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

#5. 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

#6. 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

#7. 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

#8. 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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#9. 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

#10. 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

#11. Black Butte


This trail leads to the top of one of central Oregon’s best-known landmarks, 6,436foot Black Butte. The summit includes three historic fire lookouts and fantastic views of several Cascade peaks to the…
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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. 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)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. 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

#14. Paulina Lake Hot Springs


Includes: Paulina Peak, and Other Trips in the Newberry Area. A day hike to some "now-you-see-'em, now you don't" hot springs on a lake inside a volcanic crater. Carry a swimsuit and shovel. The sprin…
From the guidebook "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest"
Bend, OR - Hiking - 7.5 miles BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Wildwood Trail to Pittock Mansion


The route starts next to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington Park, winds through Hoyt Arboretum, and then heads into Forest Park and to Pittock Mansion. City and mountain views. Bridge crossings. This…
From the guidebook "Trail Running Oregon"
Portland, OR - Hiking, Trail Running - 7.2 miles BestHiking, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Cougar (Terwilliger) Hot Springs


Includes: Rebel Creek / Rebel Rock Loop. An idyllic chain of well-known soaking pools on a short path, near Cougar Reservoir. Skinnydippable with discretion. Enveloped in the dark hues of a primeval w…
From the guidebook "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest"
Oakridge, OR - Hiking - 12.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. 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
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#18. Grizzly Peak


Grizzly Peak was named in honor of a famous bear named “Old Reelfoot,” the last known southern Oregon grizzly, who roamed the region for 50 years before being shot by a 17-year-old hunter in 1890. The…
From the guidebook "Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous"
Ashland, OR - Hiking - 4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Leif Erikson Drive - Wildwood Loop


The route travels on singletrack trails and a doubletrack gravel road through the scenic treed setting of Forest Park. Tree roots. Bridge crossings. This loop route takes you on a wild and free run th…
From the guidebook "Trail Running Oregon"
Portland, OR - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 7.9 miles BestHiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. 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