11 Amazing Oregon Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

Oregon is full of wonderful hiking trails that lead through just about every type of landscape. From meandering mountaintop trails to lush waterfall hikes, these 11 short trails in Oregon will amaze you through and through. Lace up your boots and hit the trails!

As always, be sure to respect your surroundings by following the Leave No Trace policy.

So what do you think about these trails? Do you think they’re some of the best short-and-sweet hikes in Oregon? Are there any you’d add to the list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

And if you’re looking for more fun and accessible hiking adventures around Oregon, here are some of our favorite hikes that are under a mile!

Address: Wallowa Lake Tramway, 59919 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, OR 97846, USA
Address: Chimney Rock, Oregon 97386, USA
Address: Drift Creek Falls Trail 1378 (Trail Head), BLM Rd 1770, Otis, OR 97368, USA
Address: Plaikni Falls Trailhead, Oregon 97604, USA
Address: Proxy Falls, Oregon 97413, USA
Address: Elowah Falls, Oregon 97014, USA
Address: Marys Peak, Oregon 97370, USA
Address: Mirror Lake, Oregon 97049, USA
Address: Wahclella Falls, Oregon 97014, USA
Address: Sweet Creek Road, Sweet Creek Rd, Mapleton, OR 97453, USA
Address: Leslie Gulch, Oregon 97910, USA
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Best hikes in Oregon

April 16, 2022

What are some bucket-list-worthy hikes in Oregon?

Hiking adventures abound in the Beaver State, and for those looking to check a few items off their bucket list, we have compiled this list of five trails we think everyone in Oregon should try at least once. One in particular is a trek that pretty much every avid Oregon hiker has done at least once: the Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park. At 9,000 glorious acres, Silver Falls State Park is the largest and most popular state park in Oregon, and it’s easy to see why once you see all this wondrous place has to offer. And located in Silver Falls State Park, the Trail of Ten Falls is one of the most enchanting hikes in all of Oregon. This beautiful trail winds through a lush, green forest, passing 10 stunning waterfalls (four of which you can walk behind). In addition to its dazzling falls, Silver Falls State Park is home to an amazingly diverse array of ecosystems and terrain — the park boasts a lush temperate rain forest of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, Oregon grape, and other native trees and plants. There really is nothing quite like the trail!

What are some scenic hikes in Oregon?

While the Oregon Coast and Columbia River Gorge often steal the spotlight in terms of outdoor recreation, Smith Rock State Park is one of those places that often flies under the radar. One hike, the Misery Ridge and River Trail, might have an ominous name, but it’s wonderful. This trail is four miles out and back, and has a 1,000-foot elevation climb, so be prepared for a workout. But the views? Totally worth it. Another immensely scenic hike in Oregon is the Wildwood Trail in Portland. In a city with well over 650,000 people, you’d think it would be hard to find a quiet spot. Not so! Forest Park is so large and secluded that you can actually find a little bit of peace and quiet here. Hop on the 29-mile-long trail at any of its entry points, and enjoy some of the most incredible views of Rose City. We’re partial to stopping at Pittock Mansion, which offers sweeping views of downtown Portland and beyond. Looking for more scenic hikes in Oregon? Check out these 12 treks.

Address: Wallowa Lake Tramway, 59919 Wallowa Lake Hwy, Joseph, OR 97846, USA
Address: Chimney Rock, Oregon 97386, USA
Address: Drift Creek Falls Trail 1378 (Trail Head), BLM Rd 1770, Otis, OR 97368, USA
Address: Plaikni Falls Trailhead, Oregon 97604, USA
Address: Proxy Falls, Oregon 97413, USA
Address: Elowah Falls, Oregon 97014, USA
Address: Marys Peak, Oregon 97370, USA
Address: Mirror Lake, Oregon 97049, USA
Address: Wahclella Falls, Oregon 97014, USA
Address: Sweet Creek Road, Sweet Creek Rd, Mapleton, OR 97453, USA
Address: Leslie Gulch, Oregon 97910, USA