While Oregon is beautiful in every season, there is no denying that autumn is a particularly magical time of year. As the air gets crisper, leaves across our state burst into rich yellows, deep golds, and fiery reds. If you have already taken our Oregon fall foliage road trip, the next step may be to go on a fall hike. Here are some of our favorite short and sweet trails in the Beaver State that truly shine during autumn – truly, these might just be some of the hands-down best hikes in Oregon.

What’s your favorite Oregon trail to hike during the fall months? What would you call the best hikes in Oregon – especially for autumn colors? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!

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Best Hikes in Oregon

What are the most amazing easy hikes in Oregon?  

Oregon has a reputation for being amazingly beautiful, and we think hiking is one of the best ways to explore it. Some of the hiking trails in Oregon are pretty challenging, but there are plenty of amazing, easy hikes in Oregon that are sure to blow your mind, too. Head out to the Columbia Gorge and do the breathtaking Multnomah Falls hike. It’s 2.4 miles long and leads to one of the hands-down most amazing waterfalls in Oregon. It’s incredibly picturesque and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular (more about popular hikes in Oregon in a moment). We also love the Natural Bridges Viewpoint Trail, which is along the Oregon Coast (and short and sweet). If you’re looking for the most amazing views in Oregon, look no further than that trail.  

What are the most popular scenic hikes in Oregon?  

With more than 2,800 amazing hiking trails in Oregon to pick from, you might find it easier to simply begin with the most popular. Oregon is a place that seems made for hiking, with some of the most beautiful places in the United States being right here. Among the most popular scenic hikes in Oregon are crown jewels like the above-mentioned Multnomah Falls hike, as well as the 7.4-mile Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park. It’s rated as moderately challenging and takes hikers past a multitude of waterfalls. Everyone also loves the Tamolitch Blue Pool in Willamette National Forest, which is accessible via the 3.6-mile McKenzie River Trail.  

Where are the best kid-friendly hikes around Oregon?  

In this case, we’ll define a kid-friendly hike in Oregon as one that’s both rated as easy and is two miles long or less. Luckily for us, there are plenty of amazing hikes in Oregon that fit this description (more than 600), and they’re perfect for families with kids. Some of our favorite family-friendly hikes in Oregon include the Wahclella Falls Trail, located within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It’s 1.9 miles long and believe us when we say this is one of the most incredible waterfalls in Oregon. We also love the Toketee Falls hike in Umpqua National Forest; it’s under a mile long and beyond delightful. 

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