Take These 12 Incredible Oregon Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year
Oregon’s beauty is unparalleled, but it’s easy to take it for granted. So we challenge you to make hiking a priority, by tackling a trail for each month of the year. With so many beautiful trails around the Beaver State, the world really is our oyster when it comes to epic hikes. So we narrowed it down to 12 of the best hikes in Oregon, highlighting peak seasonal splendor and scenic views, designed to be taken over the course of a year.
So tell us: how many of the above treks have you tackled before? What are your picks for the best hikes in Oregon? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
If you’re looking for some gorgeous waterfall trails in Oregon, check out this extensive list.
Best Hikes in Oregon
Where are some of the best under-the-radar hikes in Oregon?
Oregon is positively teeming with natural beauty and splendor, but there are certain places, like Columbia River Gorge and Silver Falls State Park, that can get quite crowded as a result. If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path trails to tackle in Oregon, you’ll be pleased to learn that some are actually hiding practically in plain sight! Portland’s Forest Park is so large and secluded, in fact, that you can actually find a little bit of peace and quiet here. Hop on the 29-mile-long trail at any of its entry points, and enjoy some of the most incredible views of Rose City. We’re partial to stopping at Pittock Mansion, which offers sweeping views of downtown Portland and beyond. Over on the Oregon Coast, there’s a secret beach that takes a bit of effort to reach, but it’s well-worth it! Where is this hidden gem? The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a 12-mile forested park with a rugged, steep coastline full of small sand beaches. Secret Beach is one of the corridor’s numerous beaches, but as its name implies, finding this hidden treasure isn’t easy. This little oasis is nestled on the northernmost end of the corridor, and the easiest way to access it is via the Secret Beach Trail. This off-the-beaten-path beach makes for the perfect day trip adventure.
If under-the-radar waterfall hikes are your thing, these nine cascades will have you swooning! On the list, we’re partial to the hikes to Pup Creek Falls, Koosah Falls, and Upper Butte Creek Falls; this trio of cascades are all easy-access and incredibly lovely. And nestled in Oregon’s North Cascades, Upper Downing Creek Falls is a true treasure. Even though Upper Downing Creek is one of Oregon’s most majestic waterfalls, few people know it exists. The waterfall can be a bit challenging to get to, but it is truly stunning and well-worth seeking out. The one-mile, out-and-back Downing Creek Trail follows the eponymous creek, and packs a real scenic punch.