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Best Hiking Trails in Oregon – USA

Overview

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest filled with lush, mountainous landscapes and thousands of miles of hiking trails to explore. The main areas for hiking include: Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood National Forest, Willamette National Forest and its many wilderness areas, Crater Lake National Park, Siuslaw National Forest, Wallowa – Whitman National Forest, and many more. If you’re looking for hikes that lead to spectacular waterfalls then this is the state to do it, as there are plenty. The best months to hike in Oregon are June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Oregon.

 

Capital: Portland

When To Hike in Oregon – USA?

June – September: Driest, although quite rainy
May; October
November – April: Cold, rain/snow

Climate: The climate is semi-oceanic on the coast (wet, mild summers and cool, wet winters) to continental as you go inland (warm summers, and cold, snowy winters).  The western side of Wallowa mountains receives much more rainfall than eastern, but the east part of the state has more extreme temps because it isn’t tempered by the Pacific Ocean. 

 

NWS Forecast Office Portland, OR

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well established trails and good maps, guidebooks and other resources

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Oregon for hiking:

  • Bend
  • Eugene
  • Joseph
  • Mt Hood Village
  • Carson

Most popular hikes in Oregon – USA

The Coast Mountains run along the western side of Oregon, and are at a fairly low elevation (the highest peak, Mary’s Peak, is about 1200 m). The Cascade Mountains run parallel but more inland and are higher elevation mountains. The eastern part of the state sees the Wallowa Mountains, which are also higher elevation. There are many national forests, national parks, state parks and state forests to hike in. Highest Mountain: Mount Hood (3429 m) in the Cascade range.

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Umatilla National Forest

Blue Mountains

  • Small range located north of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Umatilla National Forest

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Smith Rock State Park

  • Popular area for climbing but has hiking trails
  • Drier and hotter than other places in Oregon

Umpqua National Forest

Crater Lake National Park

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Willamette National Forest

Mt Hood National Forest

Santiam State Forest

Clatsop State Forest

Tillamook State Forest

  • Home of Roger’s Peak, 2nd highest in Coastal Range

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Siuslaw National Forest

Long Distance Trails of Oregon – USA

Oregon – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Oregon Hiking Books: There are many books, this is a small sample

  • Hiking Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Lizann Dunegan, 2022, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/4aZ1PFt
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and the Santiam River, by Paul Gerald, 2022, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/3Um3rDL
  • 52 Hikes for 52 Weeks, by Hike Oregon, 2021, Blurb, Inc. – https://amzn.to/4cZWGyz
  • Hiking Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: A Guide To The Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Fred Barstad, 2021, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3U2nu8z
  • Hiking Southern Oregon: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Art Bernstein and Victor Harris, 2022, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/43X7o4Z
  • Day Hiking Bend & Central Oregon: Mount Jefferson/ Sisters/ Cascade Lakes, by Brittany Manwill, 2016, Mountaineers Books – https://amzn.to/4cQY3zw
  • Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail: 400 Miles from the Columbia River to California, by Bonnie Henderson, 2021, Mountaineers Books – https://amzn.to/3xKXYxa
  • 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon: Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, Cascades, Eastern Oregon, Wallowas, by Douglas Lorain, 2011,  Mountaineers Books – https://amzn.to/3VVon5D
  • Moon Oregon Hiking: Best Hikes Plus Beer, Bites, and Campgrounds Nearby, by Matt Wastradowski, 2021, Avalon Publishing – https://amzn.to/3Q3tjlh
  • Hiking Waterfalls Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes, by Adam Sawyer, 2020, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3UkPXqH
  • Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon: Section Hiking from Donomore Pass to Bridge of the Gods, by Eli Boschetto, 2016 – https://amzn.to/4aCERE6
  • Backpacking Oregon: From River Valleys to Mountain Meadows, by Douglas Lorain and Becky Ohlsen, 2018, Wilderness Press – https://amzn.to/3w0QKog

 

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Best Hiking Trails in Oregon:

There are so many fantastic hikes in Oregon, it is impossible to choose just a few, but here is a small sampling. You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • South Sister Trail – Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain – Mount Hood National Forest
  • Mount Defiance – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Mount Scott – Crater Lake National Park
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Broken Top Trail to No Name Lake – near Bend
  • Misery Ridge Trail – Smith Rock State Park
  • Trail of the Ten Falls – Silver Falls State Park
  • King’s Mountain – Tillamook State Forest
  • Proxy Falls

Easy Hiking Trails in Oregon:

  • Garfield Peak Trail – Crater Lake National Park
  • Multnomah Falls – Columbia Gorge

 

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What Else To Do

  • Beautiful, non-mountain hiking in Oregon, in the coastal areas and to waterfalls

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