Oregon is known for providing some of nature’s greatest wonders, and some gorgeous hikes to reach them. If you’re looking to stay close to Portland but enjoy what this wonderful state has to offer, you’re in luck. Here’s a list of 10 of the best places for hiking in Portland.
1. Aspen Trailhead
Perfect for an all-day outdoor getaway (that doesn't actually get you away from Portland) is the 12 mile loop from Aspen Trailhead to Rocking Chair Dam. Tough, but beyond beautiful; this hike isn't something to miss.
2. Lower McLeay Park to Pittock Mansion
Not only do you get to see the breathtaking view that is Pittock Mansion, but you get to walk through some of Portland's greatest flora and fauna. You also get one of the best views of Portland, that you can't get anywhere else.
3. Eagle Creek Trail
Eagel Creek Trailhead is home to some of the best hikes in the city. With endpoints that include either Punchbowl Falls or Tunnel Falls, you will not regret walking the 6+ miles in this luscious temperate rain forest.
4. Mt. Tabor Park
Mt. Tabor is so much more than a brisk urban hike. With plenty of other things to offer including picnic areas, a dog park, monuments and public art, and even volleyball and tennis areas, a trip to the park is worth it. Did I mention it offers the most breathtaking view of Portland?
5. Catherine Creek
On the eastern side of the Columbia River Gorge, is Catherine Creek which has three different trails. Explore a colossal rock arch or a massive bed of wildflowers while hiking.
6. Horsetail Falls
With an almost 10 mile loop, you are able to climb through an enchanted forest to see Ponytail Falls, Oneonta Falls, and Triple Falls if you commit to it.
7. Elowah Falls
Elowah Falls, the second-tallest waterfall in the Columbia Gorge, also comes with the one of the easiest hikes. With gorgeous views and canyons, this trail is a must.
8. Multnomah Falls
With a 2.6 mile jaunt, you can view Multnomah Falls, which is at about 627 feet in elevation and is Oregon's tallest waterfall. It's also Portland's most popular, and with good reason.
9. Dog Mountain
Although the trails are quite steep, this trail isn't very long and is very worth it once you see the beautiful wildflowers and and even more outstanding view.
10. Angel's Rest
Starting at river level, you climb through boulders and nature on a winding trail to reach the top where you get an unbelievable view of the Gorge, including Beacon Rock and Silver Star Mountain.
There really is no end to the beauty of Portland. Where are some of your favorite places to go hiking in Portland?