These 11 Marvelous Hikes In Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge Will Take Your Breath Away
Located at the northern tip of Oregon not far from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge is out-of-this-world beautiful. Full of magnificent waterfalls, lush forests, and jaw-dropping vistas, this natural wonderland is an extraordinary place for hiking. Trails of every kind are woven through the dramatic landscape, offering visitors the chance to experience the incredible beauty of Oregon up close. Next time you’re in the area, take one of these 11 gorgeous trails for an unforgettable adventure. They’re truly some of the best hikes in Oregon!
Oregon truly is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and we love nothing more than exploring new trails!
Find out about more of the best and most beautiful hikes in Oregon in this article, which outlines 12 trails to tackle over the span of a year!
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Best hikes in Oregon
What are the best easy hikes in Oregon?
You don't have to be a master outdoorsman (or woman) to enjoy the best hikes in Oregon -- some of our favorite trails are short and sweet! This list has 10 amazing hikes in Oregon that are each under under a mile, making them ideal for families, kids, or simply those who don't want to spend all day hoofing it. Some of our favorite hikes on this list include the Hobbit Trail, a beautiful little trek that winds through old-growth forest and ends up on the beach; the Natural Arch Hike, a one-mile trail that winds past incredible scenery and natural beauty, ending at a beautiful natural rock arch; and the South Falls Loop at Silver Lake State Park, a beautiful little trek to one of the state's most glorious waterfalls!
What are some dog-friendly hikes in Oregon?
One of our favorite places to hike with our pups is Eagle Cap Wilderness. One of the most beautiful places in Oregon, there are numerous trails within the wondrous wilds of the Wallowas, with some designated off-leash areas within the larger Eagle Cap Wilderness. (Nationally designated parks generally have their own off-leash rules, while Oregon State Parks require pets to be leashed unless specifically designated.) Another great place to take your pup is the Deschutes National Forest, where 95% of the land is open to dogs off-leash. Hiking opportunities vary depending on the time of year you visit (for example, in the winter, dogs are allowed off-leash on 99% of national forest lands managed by the Deschutes National Forest), and there are a variety of trails within this expanse. And, of course, there are some beautiful coastal hikes in Oregon where you and your dog can have a bona fide beach day!