Portland Hikes

Sitting in the valley between the Cascades and Coast Range, Portland is a city rich with hiking and backpacking options. Within a couple hours of downtown are rugged, glaciated peaks, stunning waterfalls, stark desert landscapes, and one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. 



Popular Portland Hikes


Yocum Ridge

Yocum Ridge

This hike is in the back of the Red Sullivan Book and in the Douglas Loaraine book.
I did this last Sun 7/24/05. Was really the peak of wild f...
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Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek

In most American cities these days, a 40-minute drive from downtown will place you smack-dab in the center of some beautiful subur...
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Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park

The Jefferson Park area is one of the most beautiful places in the entire state of Oregon, with pleasant wildflower-filled meadows, pristine lakes, an...
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Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain

Bounded on all sides by vertical cliffs, Saddle Mountain seems out of place compared with the rolling hills of the coast range. Spring is one of the b...
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Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

The trail starts out paved for around the first mile of the hike, switchbacking to the base of Wahkeena Falls and crossing the c...
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Elk Cove

Elk Cove

From the trailhead, cross Pinnacle Creek and walk the old Road 650 for 1.3 miles, past a sharp bend in the road to the old trailhead (keep an eye out ...
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Salmon River

Salmon River

The Salmon River Trail treks up a beautiful and wild river canyon with old growth Doug Fir and Cedar. Eventually the trail climbs higher up the north...
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Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

This trail leads to several nice waterfalls. Hikers looking for a longer trip can travel all the way to Larch Mountain (8.7 miles total, 4,064')
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Timberline Trail

Timberline Trail

This is an absolutely incredible trail! I did it in late fall, just before the snows, and can only imagine how glorious most of those meadows must be...
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Portland in the Blog

The Best Sections of the PCT: ..

Being from Portland, we have experienced quite a bit of the central Oregon Cascades random hikes and backpacks around Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters...


Portland Hikes

Portland is easily one of the top hiking cities in the entire US. Within an hour or two drive of this metropolis, lies a huge variety of landscapes, from deserts to a lush forested coast line...


The Best Sections of the PCT: ..

Pacific Crest Trail hikers strive for the state of Washington. It was the crossing over the Bridge of the Gods which spans the Columbia River and connects Oregon and Washington where I first began to feel that our trip was in its final days...


Favorite Columbia River Gorge ..

While the Columbia River Gorge is a great place for a hike any time of year, April, May, and June could very well be the optimum season for a little exploration...


The Untapped Coast Range

The Oregon Coast Range is often ignored by hikers. The large swaths of logged areas, roads, and other intrusions by man keep us away thinking that we aren't really missing much...




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