Here in Oregon, we are so spoiled by Mother Nature. Pretty much any hike leads to a truly spectacular natural wonder, whether it’s a majestic mountain range, pristine lake, or glorious waterfall. But some of these extraordinary expeditions require a seasoned hiker, making these marvels inaccessible for many. Happily, however, there are myriad options for explorers of all ages and abilities, offering big payoffs in the beauty department. Like the Proxy Falls Loop Trail, for example. This gorgeous,1.5-mile hike in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest leads to a wondrous waterfall—one of the most photographed in the state, in fact.


The Proxy Falls Loop Trail truly is one of the most spectacular in the state. A few things of note: Proxy Falls is a Day Use Fee Area, so you’ll need a Recreation Pass to visit. Permits are $5, and can be purchased at the Adventure Center. The parking lot often fills up, but there is designated roadside parking available. For more information on the other trails at Willamette National Forest, visit the USDA website.

If you’re looking for more accessible hikes in the Beaver State, these 10 treks are short in length, but big on beauty.

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