14 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Oregon Should Take

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Oregon is by hiking. There are tons of amazing hiking trails all over Oregon, many of which are under 5 miles long. Wander through canopied forests, feel the cool breeze of a mountain summit, or watch the sunset over the ocean. Here are 14 of the best short hikes in Oregon that are astoundingly beautiful.

**Editor’s note: Due to the devastating wildfires in 2020, some of these trails may still be closed. We recommend checking each hike’s AllTrails or NPS page before embarking on your adventure.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

How many of these trails have you hiked? What do you think are the best short hikes in Oregon?

If you like historic hikes, check out these Oregon hiking trails that lead to some incredible pieces of history.

Address: Chimney Rock Trail, Oregon 97754, USA
Address: Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA
Address: I-84, The Dalles, OR 97058, USA
Address: Smith Rock, Oregon 97760, USA
Address: Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon 97028, USA
Address: U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
Address: Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon 97390, USA
Address: Lyons, OR 97358, USA
Address: Mount Scott Trail, Oklahoma 73507, USA
Address: Oregon 97604, USA
Address: Mount Howard, Oregon 97846, USA
Address: Columbia River, Columbia River
Address: Mirror Lake, Oregon 97049, USA
Address: Wahclella Falls Trail, Oregon 97014, USA
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Best Short Hikes In Oregon

May 01, 2021

What are some easy hikes in Oregon?

Oregon has some of the most beautiful, scenic hiking trails in the country, some of which are easier than others. If you are looking for some easy hikes, head to our post, 10 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Oregon. This list includes several waterfall hikes along with a coastal hike and one that leads through some otherworldly landscape at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

What is there to do for outdoor adventure in Oregon?

If you love the great outdoors then you may enjoy spending some time at Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Lodge located in Merlin. Here you can go fishing, white water rafting, go hiking, or sit by the pool and relax. They have a restaurant on-site and accommodations include the lodge, cottages, and cabins. It’s a resort that’s made for outdoor enthusiasts.

What are the most beautiful lakes in Oregon?

Head to the Oregon dunes to view dune lakes, a natural wonder found in very few places around the world. These rare coastal lakes vary in size and even color and are an important part of the coastal ecosystem. Learn more in our previous coverage.

Address: Chimney Rock Trail, Oregon 97754, USA
Address: Historic Columbia River Hwy State Trail, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA
Address: I-84, The Dalles, OR 97058, USA
Address: Smith Rock, Oregon 97760, USA
Address: Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon 97028, USA
Address: U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
Address: Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon 97390, USA
Address: Lyons, OR 97358, USA
Address: Mount Scott Trail, Oklahoma 73507, USA
Address: Oregon 97604, USA
Address: Mount Howard, Oregon 97846, USA
Address: Columbia River, Columbia River
Address: Mirror Lake, Oregon 97049, USA
Address: Wahclella Falls Trail, Oregon 97014, USA