Best Hikes in Portland

Riley Roberson

If a city is by good hiking, my wife and I typically like to spend a whole day out going through trails. Portland is an incredible place to spend 75 percent urban and 25 percent hiking (or the other way around, if you really really hike). This list should feature options for short, medium, and long hikes, so you'll have plenty to choose from.

  • Oxbow Regional Park in Oregon, United States

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      Tucked into the Sandy River is the Oxbow Regional Park. You're able to truly pack up all of your equipment and take a long hike in the undeveloped area around the North Oxbow Hike, which is one of trails that make up the 12 miles of trails at this 1,000 acre spot.

  • Lake Oswego in Oregon, United States

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      South of the city is Lake Oswego, a place that doesn't come up for you as quickly as Mount Hood trails, Forest Park, and other more common spots. You get short and long hikes, as well as a true woodland feel around this lake.

  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Oregon, United States

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      If "Natural Area" doesn't clue you into this right away, this place is pretty dense and beautiful. If you like to hike out to a spot that feels like no one has been there in a long time, this is the place for you. It has an old bridge that gets you feeling real real dangerous.

  • Cape Falcon Trailhead in Oregon, United States

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      Having spent so much time not around big bodies of water, the idea of a cape is so interesting to me. If you've got a landlocked background like me, take some time to get to Cape Falcon and the Cape Falcon trailhead. Really experience the feeling of being almost completely but not all the way surrounded by water.

  • Mount Hood in Oregon, United States

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      There are several ways up Mount Hood. One great hike in particular is the Mirror Lake trail. A great thing about the sheer size and adventure revolving around Mount Hood is that it is good for a great view and hike, but you're also able to make this a several-days trip, camp, stay somewhere, and really experience all of the trails in the area.

  • Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, United States

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      A trip outside of the Portland metro could take you to Silver Falls State Park. Here you can find the Trail of Ten Loops, which is about 8 miles long (for you Eminem fans), and it also comes with a brewery! (Woodburn)

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, United States

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    • rileyroberson

      This spot holds great hikes and obviously wildlife, but it also has one of Portland's longest cycling trials. If you're up for a bike & hike, this would be a great option for you. There are also hundreds of species of birds, so if you paired this with a good Oregon bird book, you could have an interesting time.

  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon, United States

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      Take a trip out to the Columbia River Gorge for excellent short or long hikes in the National Scenic area. Sprawling waterfalls, switchbacks up hill, and long, well-maintained paths down into the scenic area round out your hike here.

  • Forest Park in Oregon, United States

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      Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the country, and it's fitting that Portland would host it. Go for a hike or a run here, and see all of the things the forest is taking back over.

  • Mount Tabor Park Playground in Oregon, United States

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      This park is several things: a great place for kids, a beautiful park, and a good basecamp for your hikes. Here you can make your exact plan for how you want to hike on this extinct volcano, and there is even a dog park on the other side if you want to bring the pups.

Best Hikes in Portland

By Riley Roberson
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If a city is by good hiking, my wife and I typically like to spend a whole day out going through trails. Portland is an incredible place to spend 75 percent urban and 25 percent hiking (or the other way around, if you really really hike). This list should feature options for short, medium, and long hikes, so you'll have plenty to choose from.
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  • Oxbow Regional Park
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    • rileyroberson Tucked into the Sandy River is the Oxbow Regional Park. You're able to truly pack up all of your equipment and take a long hike in the undeveloped area around the North Oxbow Hike, which is one of trails that make up the 12 miles of trails at this 1,000 acre spot.

         
  • Lake Oswego
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    • rileyroberson South of the city is Lake Oswego, a place that doesn't come up for you as quickly as Mount Hood trails, Forest Park, and other more common spots. You get short and long hikes, as well as a true woodland feel around this lake.

         
  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area
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    • rileyroberson If "Natural Area" doesn't clue you into this right away, this place is pretty dense and beautiful. If you like to hike out to a spot that feels like no one has been there in a long time, this is the place for you. It has an old bridge that gets you feeling real real dangerous.

         
  • Cape Falcon Trailhead
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    • rileyroberson Having spent so much time not around big bodies of water, the idea of a cape is so interesting to me. If you've got a landlocked background like me, take some time to get to Cape Falcon and the Cape Falcon trailhead. Really experience the feeling of being almost completely but not all the way surrounded by water.

         
  • Mount Hood
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    • rileyroberson There are several ways up Mount Hood. One great hike in particular is the Mirror Lake trail. A great thing about the sheer size and adventure revolving around Mount Hood is that it is good for a great view and hike, but you're also able to make this a several-days trip, camp, stay somewhere, and really experience all of the trails in the area.

         
  • Silver Falls State Park
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    • rileyroberson A trip outside of the Portland metro could take you to Silver Falls State Park. Here you can find the Trail of Ten Loops, which is about 8 miles long (for you Eminem fans), and it also comes with a brewery! (Woodburn)

         
  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
    See & Do
    1
    • rileyroberson This spot holds great hikes and obviously wildlife, but it also has one of Portland's longest cycling trials. If you're up for a bike & hike, this would be a great option for you. There are also hundreds of species of birds, so if you paired this with a good Oregon bird book, you could have an interesting time.

         
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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    1
    • rileyroberson Take a trip out to the Columbia River Gorge for excellent short or long hikes in the National Scenic area. Sprawling waterfalls, switchbacks up hill, and long, well-maintained paths down into the scenic area round out your hike here.

         
  • Forest Park
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    • rileyroberson Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the country, and it's fitting that Portland would host it. Go for a hike or a run here, and see all of the things the forest is taking back over.

         
  • Mount Tabor Park Playground
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    • rileyroberson This park is several things: a great place for kids, a beautiful park, and a good basecamp for your hikes. Here you can make your exact plan for how you want to hike on this extinct volcano, and there is even a dog park on the other side if you want to bring the pups.