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Suggested hikes and outdoor trips!

Suggested hikes, camp outs, and outdoor adventures.

Get outside and explore Oregon's wild lands and waters with these suggested trips!

Check out wheelchair accessible destinations in Oregon (pdf) and Washington.

We've rated these hikes as:

Great for Kids!
 Shorter, flat well-graded trails
Easy
 Little elevation gain, well maintained trails
Moderate
 Substantial elevation gain, more difficult trails
Strenuous
 Steep, poorly maintained trails, bridgeless stream crossings

Be sure and check out our tips for a safe and fun adventure in Oregon's outdoors!


Northwest Oregon

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DIFFICULTY
DISTANCE
ELEVATION GAIN sEASON ATTRACTIONS 
Larch Mountain
Moderate
7 miles
1,300 feet
Late spring, summer, fall
Old growth, close to Portland
Lost Lake Great for kids 3 miles 20 feet spring, summer, fall Family friendly, great view of Mount Hood
Cooper Spur Moderate to Strenuous 5 miles 1,100 feet late spring, summer, early fall  Great views from the Northside of Mount Hood 
Tamanawas Falls Easy 4 miles 300 feet spring, summer, fall Beautiful falls on the East-side of Mount Hood
Herman Creek
Moderate
6.5 miles
1,400 feet
spring through fall
1,000 year old cedars
Fifteenmile Creek Moderate 6 miles 500 feet spring, summer, early fall Diverse old-growth, good in the Spring for a sunny break from Portland
Wahtum Lake
Easy
4.5 miles
200 feet
late spring through early fall
Old growth noble fir and a small lake
Boulder Lake  Moderate 5 miles 1,100 feet late spring, summer, early fall A well-kept secret on the East-side of Mount Hood 

Twin Lakes

Moderate

  6 miles

400 feet

 all year

great snowshoeing, close to Portland
Middle Santiam
Moderate
12 miles
Minimal
spring through late fall
Great continuous old growth and diverse wildflowers
White River Easy 4 miles 500 feet all year great snowshoeing, views, family-friendly

Memaloose Lake 

Easy   2.6 miles w/ longer options 650 feet  spring, fall, summer  old-growth forest, family friendly
Mirror Lake Easy to Moderate 3.0 miles w/ longer options  780 feet all year Great views of Mount Hood, very close to Portland
Opal Creek Moderate to Strenuous  7 miles w/ longer options  Varies Spring, summer, fall
Amazing old growth, waterfalls, rare wildlife
Crabtree Valley
Moderate
2-6 miles
200-600 feet
late spring through fall
Some of the largest trees in Oregon
Hardesty Mountain
Easy to Strenuous
Out and back, or 9 mile strenuous option
Varies Late spring, summer, fall
Eugene's backyard wild area!
Lookout Creek
Moderate to Strenuous
Approximately 6.5 miles
Many ups and downs
Late spring, summer, fall
Spectacular old-growth near Eugene 
Shale Ridge Trail
Moderate
Approximately 6 miles
Some ups and downs - rock hopping required at creek crossing!
Late spring, summer, fall
Two Wilderness areas, Waldo Lake, and the birthplace of the Willamette River, all near Eugene
McKenzie River-Sahalie Falls
Easy to Moderate
Varies, options from 1.5 to 6 miles
Moderate
Late spring, summer, fall
Beautiful waterfalls, birthplace of the McKenzie River--source of Eugene's drinking water
Fall Creek
Moderate
5.5 miles
Moderate
Late spring, summer, fall
Old-growth forest, swimming holes, forest areas recovering from fire, near Eugene.

Eastern Oregon

nAME DIFFICULTY DISTANCE ELEVATION GAIN sEASON ATTRACTIONS
Strawberry Lakes  Moderate  3-6 miles, with longer options  Moderate Late spring, summer, early fall Beautiful lake, trout fishing, waterfalls, and rugged cliffs in the Strawberry Mountains Wilderness.
North Fork Umatilla
Moderate
9.8 miles one way
2,600 feet
spring through fall
Black cottonwood and Ponderosa pine dot the landscape.
Williamson River Canyon  Strenuous Explore the canyon on foot or by canoe - length varies   Moderate Late spring, summer, fall; summer for canoes  Beautiful river, redband trout, and scenic canyon in the Upper Klamath Basin.

Southwest Oregon

nAME DIFFICULTY DISTANCE ELEVATION GAIN sEASON ATTRACTIONS
Brice Creek  Easy to moderate
Many options, 3.5 to 10 miles
Low to moderate
All year
Waterfalls, scenic creek, old-growth forest just 25 miles from Cottage Grove. 
Sky Lakes
Moderate
11 miles
100 feet
late spring though Sept.
High elevation lakes for swimming.
Soda Mountain
Strenuous
5 miles
2,000 feet
spring through fall
A biological jewel. Diverse topography and plant life.

Oregon Coast

nAME DIFFICULTY DISTANCE ELEVATION GAIN sEASON ATTRACTIONS
Kentucky Falls  Moderate
4 miles
Moderate
All year
Waterfalls, old-growth, beautiful creeks, all near Florence on the Oregon Coast.
Oregon Redwoods
Moderate
1.2 mile loop
150 feet
All year
Oregon's best redwood forest.
Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek  Moderate
5.5-6 miles
Moderate
All year
 Massive old-growth trees in a coastal rainforest setting, near Cape Perpetua

Klamath Basin

nAME DIFFICULTY DISTANCE ELEVATION GAIN sEASON ATTRACTIONS
Forest Trails of Klamath County




See link
Klamath Basin Outings Overview
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Best during early spring and late fall
National Wildlife Refuges; migratory birds and other animals; hiking, biking, canoe trips; birding
Butte Valley Wildlife Area/Meiss Lake
Easy
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Any; canoe: January-March 1st
Habitat diversity; water sport; birding
Klamath Basin Auto Tour
Easy; several driving directions

 


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Best during spring, summer, and fall (be aware of hunting season hours)
Terrific overview of Klamath National Wildlife Refuges; hiking, biking, exploration; birding
Wood River and Agency Lake Wetlands
Moderate; easy access


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Best during spring, summer, and fall
Canoe explorations; birding
Lower Williamson Gorge on the Fremont-Winema National Forest
Strenuous; tricky trails, be cautious, read description carefully



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Best during late spring and summer
Hiking; canoe and kayak trips; wildlife viewing
Malone Springs on Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Moderate; several driving directions


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Any
Canoe and kayak trips

 

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