12 Scenic Trails To Explore In Oregon, One For Each Month Of The Year

This year, we’re resolving to get out and explore more. Oregon is home to some of the most extraordinary natural wonders in the country, and we’re making it our mission to embrace all our state has to offer! For us, this means logging some major miles on the trails, as there really is no better way to experience the beauty of the #pnwonderland, than to *immerse* (or bathe!) yourself in it. We’ve put together the following list of 12 scenic trails to explore in Oregon, one for each month of the year. Think of this as your Beaver State hiking bucket list!

This year, resolve to hit the trails! Hike your way through the beautiful Beaver State along these scenic trails in Oregon. Happy hiking!

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Scenic Trails in Oregon

January 01, 1970

What are the best trails in Oregon?

You didn’t think the above list of scenic trails in Oregon were the only bucket-list-worthy hikes in the Beaver State, did you? Far from it! In the interest of keeping this list from getting out of hand, we’ll narrow things down by offering the following best waterfall hikes in Oregon:

  • Trail of Ten Falls. With over 230 falls in Oregon, there are certainly ample opportunities for waterfall chasing, but the Trail of Ten Falls is on a whole other level entirely. As its name suggests, this trail features 10 glorious waterfalls that hikers can walk past, under, and around, for a wholly immersive experience unlike any other. Clocking in at just over seven miles, the Trail of Ten Falls is certainly an all-day hike, but it’s worth each and every mile. You’ll encounter no less than 10 falls on this route through the lush foothills of the Cascades, including South Falls, North Falls, and Middle North Falls, all three of which exceed 100 feet in height and allow hikers to walk beneath their waters. If you’re looking for the best waterfall hike in the country, this is it!
  • The Tamanawas Falls Trail is located in one of the most glorious parts of Mt. Hood National Forest, and it runs parallel to the Hood River in the majestic Cascade Mountains. This 3.8-mile trail follows Cold Spring Creek through verdant forest landscape that looks like something conjured up by Tolkien, complete with a charming footbridge, sun-soaked tree canopies, and moss-covered rocks. The trail passes several small falls, culminating in the glorious 100-foot-tall, 40-foot-wide waterfall known as Tamanawas Falls.
  • Bridal Veil Falls Trail. Another gem in the Columbus River Gorge, hike to this falls clocks in at just a half-mile long and is well-paved and easy to navigate. A viewing platform located in front of the cascade provides the perfect vantage point of Bridal Veil Falls, an 118-foot-tall natural wonder that drops in two perfect cascades. In fact, the Columbia River Gorge is the largest designated National Scenic Area in the country, there’s no better place to go waterfall chasing. It’s the very definition of a #pnwonderland; bisected by a commanding canyon and resplendent river, this PNW paradise is flush with forests, foliage, and falls. Lots and lots of waterfalls. From Latourell Falls and Bridal Veil Falls to Wahclella Falls and (of course) Multnomah Falls, one could easily spend days exploring the 90+ falls found on Oregon’s side of the Gorge!

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