Here in Oregon, summer is the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. The Beaver State is full of all kinds of hikes, from seaside trails to desert treks. Featuring lakes, mountain peaks, and waterfalls galore, these 14 stunning hikes in Oregon will make your summer complete. Check ’em out:
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14. Ramona Falls
Tucked away in the Mt Hood National Forest, the Ramona Falls Trail is a leisurely yet breathtaking 7-mile loop hike that leads deep into the woods to one of Oregon's most graceful waterfalls.
13. Sweet Creek Trail
Located near Mapleton, this gorgeous hidden gem trail meanders along the beautiful Sweet Creek past lovely cascades and picturesque woodlands. It's an easy 2.2 mile hike that the whole family will enjoy.
12. Black Butte
The trail to the summit of Black Butte is an incredible 3.6 mile adventure that's beautiful from start to finish. The steep elevation gain on the way up feels absolutely worth it as soon as you step onto the summit and look out over miles and miles of amazing scenery.
11. Opal Creek Jawbone Flats Trail
Nestled away in the dense green forests of the Opal Creek Wilderness, this wonderful 6.6-mile trail features both amazing swimming holes and a fascinating abandoned mining town.
10. Lost Lake Loop Trail
Lost Lake is an incredible secluded lake surrounded by the emerald green woods of the Mt Hood National Forest. The Lake Loop Trail will lead you on a 3.2 mile journey all the way around the lake, passing gorgeous views of Mt Hood as well as numerous swimming spots along the way.
9. Neahkahnie Mountain
This beloved Oregon Coast hike near Manzanita is downright extraordinary. There are three different ways to reach the top of Neahkahnie Mountain, with trails ranging from 3 to 8 miles long. No matter which you choose, you'll be rewarded by magical scenery and drop-dead-gorgeous ocean views.
8. Wahclella Falls
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, the Wahclella Falls Hike is a peaceful excursion that leads you along a river through 2 miles of spectacular scenery, ending with a thunderous waterfall pouring into a crystal clear basin (where, on a hot day, you may want to dip your toes or even take a refreshing swim).
7. Crack in the Ground
Crack in the Ground is one of the most unique hikes in all of Oregon. This incredible slot canyon in Central Oregon provides the most amazing backdrop for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.
6. Drift Creek Falls
The 3-mile trek to Drift Creek Falls is a fabulous summertime outing. The trail winds through a lovely forest and goes on to cross a thrilling 240-foot suspension bridge that overlooks the incredible Drift Creek Falls.
5. Trail of Ten Falls
Located in Oregon's largest state park, Silver Falls State Park, the Trail of Ten Falls is a magnificent hike that, as it's name suggests, leads past (and sometimes underneath) numerous stupendous waterfalls on a journey you'll never forget.
4. Eagle Creek Trail
This legendary Columbia River Gorge hike is a true gem. The trail goes on for miles and miles, passing waterfalls, swimming holes, and more. Whether you want to go on a short waterfall hike or a backpacking trip, there are numerous options for enchanting excursions along this unique and dramatic trail.
3. Mt Howard Summit Trail
For a one of a kind excursion, head east to the amazing Wallowa Lake and take the Wallowa Lake Tramway to the top of Mt Howard. Here, you'll find amazing views, a single restaurant, and a scenic 1.5-mile summit trail that'll take your breath away.
2. Leslie Gulch Trail
Located in a remote area of Southeastern Oregon, Leslie Gulch is a secluded hidden gem that'll make you feel like you're on another planet. A short, moderately easy trail winding through the area offers visitors an unforgettable adventure.
1. Sahalie and Koosah Falls
Located on the McKenzie River, the hike to Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls is a spectacular summertime outing. Starting at Sahalie Falls (just a few steps from a parking area), you can explore this beautiful area before heading off on a lovely 2.6 mile loop trail that leads to the equally impressive Koosah Falls.