Suggested Outings

Explore Wild Oregon

Oregon is blessed with some of the most beautiful and inspiring landscapes in America. From the majestic silhouette of Mount Hood, to the rushing whitewater and wild salmon of the Rogue River, Oregon is truly a special place!

Oregon has been home to Indigenous people for time immemorial and is currently home to nine federally recognized tribes. We encourage those seeking to recreate and explore Oregon to learn more about Indigenous peoples and their relationship with the land, their history and their current efforts. Learn more here. 

Oregon Wild works to protect our state’s wildlands and helps Oregonians get outdoors to enjoy them. The people who get to know Oregon's wild places can do so much to help keep them pristine! 

Suggested hikes and outdoor adventures:

Our list of suggested trails includes hikes of a variety of difficulties, locations, and landscapes, and are connected to our campaigns to protect ancient forests, wild lands, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and wildlife habitats. Trail conditions are constantly changing, and are not necessarily kept up to date here.

Additional information about the many hikes in Oregon can be found by exploring the US Forest Service’s webpages and the Oregon Hikers Forum and Field Guide or by seeking out any number of guides at your local library or bookstore. We also offer suggested guides and resources here.

Great for kids* Shorter, flat well-graded trails
Easy Little elevation gain, well maintained trails
Moderate Substantial elevation gain, more difficult trails
Strenuous Steep, poorly maintained trails, bridgeless stream crossings

*Looking for accessible options? Check out wheelchair accessible destinations in Oregon (pdf) from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, this resource for Portland area accessible trails, and Disabled Hikers. US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management also make note of accessible trails on their recreation websites.


Northwest Oregon | Coast and Coast Range | Central Oregon Cascades | Eastern Oregon | Crater Lake | Southern Oregon

Northwest Oregon

name difficulty distance elevation gain season attractions 
Crabtree Valley* Moderate 2-6 miles 200-600 feet late spring through fall Some of the largest trees in Oregon
Larch Mountain Moderate 7 miles 1,300 feet late spring, summer, fall Old-growth, close to Portland
Lost Lake* Great for kids 3 miles 20 feet spring, summer, fall Family friendly, great view of Mount Hood
Salmon River Easy 4 miles 600 feet Year round Ancient forest along beautiful river
Tamanawas Falls Easy 4 miles 300 feet spring, summer, fall Beautiful falls on the East-side of Mount Hood
Lookout Mountain Easy-Moderate 2-3 miles 500 feet spring, summer, fall Great view of Mount Hood and the Cascades
Vista Ridge Strenuous 8 miles 1,100 feet July and August Scenic views of Mount Hood, amazing wildflowers in August
Oregon Coast and Coast Range
name difficulty distance elevation gain season attractions 
John Dellenback Dunes Trail Easy 2.7 miles (one way) 100-500 feet All year Hike over shifting coastal sand dunes
Kentucky Falls Trail* Moderate 2.2 miles 800 feet All year Old growth hikes to incredible Kentucky Falls
Sweet Creek Falls Easy 2.5 miles 160-640 feet All year Enjoy 11 waterfalls in 3 short miles
Mary's Peak* Moderate-Strenuous 6 miles 1,700 feet May and June Wildflowers and potential views of both the Pacific Ocean and Cascade peaks
Central Oregon Cascades
name difficulty distance elevation gain season attractions 
Mckenzie River Trail* Easy-Strenuous 26.4 miles 1,700 feet All year Day hike or backpack by old growth conifers, lava flows, and spectacular waterfalls
Fall Creek Trail (mostly closed for needed maintenance) Moderate 13.7 miles 300 feet All year Explore swimmingly holes, a lush old growth forest, and ecosystem recovering naturally from the 2003 Clark Fire. 
Middle Fork Willamette Trail* Moderate-Strenuous 27 miles 3,300 feet All year in lower elevation sections, June-October in higher elevation Wind through an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar and alder
Clear Lake* Easy 5.5 mile loop 200 feet May-October Huge springs, lava crossings, and a beautiful old-growth forest of Douglas fir and mountain hemlock
Lookout Creek Moderate-Strenuous 7 miles 1,400 feet June-August Wander up and down through towering forests and into cool, mossy groves
Mount June and Sawtooth Ridge Moderate 5 miles 1,000 feet June-July Magnificent old-growth forest, grassy meadows bursting with wildflowers and impressive rock bluffs
Three Pyramids* Moderate-Strenuous 7 miles 1,800 feet June-July Take in a spectacular old-growth forest, trailside and cliff-top wildflowers, alpine meadows, and stunning a mountaintop view
Brice Creek/Trestle Creek Falls* Moderate 4 miles 1,000 feet June Spend a summer evening along rocky banks with towering trees
Snowshoeing near Bend and central Oregon Varies Varies Varies December-April See link
Eastern Oregon
name difficulty distance elevation gain season attractions 
Strawberry Lakes* Moderate 3-6 miles with longer options 1,200 late spring, summer, early fall Beautiful lake, trout fishing, waterfalls, and rugged cliffs in the Strawberry Mountains Wilderness
Buckhorn Meadows Easy-Moderate 2.7 miles (one-way) 1,000 June to November Quick access to Wildcat Basin and other trails into the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
Malheur River Trail* Moderate 7.6 miles (one-way) 800 feet May to December Traverse steep canyon walls before dropping to scenic river banks of the Malheur Wild and Scenic River, lined with old growth pine, larch, and fir trees
North Fork Umatilla* Easy to Moderate 5.4 miles 350 feet spring through fall A lush riverside hike in the Blue Mountains
South Fork Walla Walla River Trail* Moderate 6.6 miles  1,880 feet June to November Deep canyon hikes through forests and meadows
Wenaha River Trail Moderate to Strenuous 31.3 miles  3,000 feet June to November A rugged and scenic canyon that offers great places to camp and panoramic views of the Wenaha drainage
Chimney Rock Easy 6 miles 500 feet April-December Chimney Rock overlooks a bunchgrass landscape that has been etched by the beautiful cliff-rimmed canyon of the Crooked River
Mill Creek and Twin Pillars* Strenuous 11.6 miles 1,900 feet May-November Travel along (and occasionally ford) Mill Creek, passing douglas fir, ponderosa pines, snowberry, and bunchgrass along the way
Walton Lake Loop Easy (great for kids) 1 mile 100 feet May-October Walk around Walton Lake, enjoying old growth ponderosa pine and mountain meadows
Black Lake Easy (kid friendly) 1.2 miles (one way) 200 feet July to October Short hike with great views of Van Patten Peak
Maxwell Lake Strenuous 7.6 miles 2,400 feet Late-July through October Rock meadows and open slopes to one of the few alpine lakes within the Wallowas that doesn't require an overnight trip
Southern Oregon
name difficulty distance elevation gain season attractions 
Sky Lakes Moderate 11 miles 100 feet late spring through Sept. High elevation lakes for swimming
Soda Mountain Strenuous 5 miles 2,000 feet spring through fall A biological jewel - diverse topography and plant life
Mount McLoughlin Trail Strenuous 10 miles 4,500 feet June-September Summit hike that winds through rocky terrain
Collings Mountain Trail (Bigfoot Trap)* Moderate 7 miles 1,000 feet All year Views of the Siskiyou Crest and Applegate Lake, passing inactive Big Foot Trap as well as a number of mine adits
Illinois River Trail* Moderate 28 miles 2,700 feet May-July for the best wildflowers Wildflowers, old-growth forest, pristine water, rugged cayons, a variety of wildlife and more
Gearhart Mountain* Strenuous 12 miles 1,920 feet August-September Other worldly terrain of stratified volcanic rock with ponderosa pines, white firs, and scattered alpine meadows
Yamsay Mountain Strenuous 17.2 miles 2,100 feet July-November Pass through coniferous forest on the way to a summit that offers views from the Three Sisters to Mount Shasta


Crater Lake and Surrounding Wildlands
name difficulty distance elevation gain season attractions
Brown Mountain* Moderate 9.3 mile shuttle hike 820 feet late spring-fall Beautiful wildflowers, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, and impressive lava flows
Garfield Peak Moderate 3.4 miles 970 feet mid summer-fall Panoramic views of Crater Lake along the rim trail and climb to a 8,060 foot summit
Grizzly Peak* Moderate 7.4 miles round trip 750 feet late spring through fall Outstanding views of the Rogue Valley, the Cascades, and summertime wildflowers along the trail
Indigo Lake Easy 3.8 miles round trip 600 feet mid summer-fall (depending on snow) Old growth trees, high mountain meadows and beautiful views of intense blue waters
Mt. Bailey Strenuous Upper Road: 5.4 miles round trip, Lower Road: 9.8 round trip 2,330 ft, (3180 ft from lower road) late summer-fall Beautiful views of Mount Thielsen, rater Lake and Mount Shasta are visible to the south along with Three Sisters and Diamond Peak to the north.
Mt. Scott Strenuous 5 miles round trip 1,200 feet late summer-fall Switchbacks through open pumice fields and forests, this is the highest point in Crater Lake National Park
Natral Bridge and Rogue Gorge* Easy 8 mile loop hike 300 feet spring-fall The trail gently rolls along the wild and scenic Rogue River through lava basalt featuring scenic river and waterfall views
Pelican Butte Strenuous 9 miles 440 feet winter-spring Best known for its cross-country skiing, views of Mt. McLaughlin to the South and Crater Lake to the North
Plaikni Falls Easy 2.2 round trip 135 feet summer-fall Old-growth hemlock, a field of wildflowers and a view of the lush and serene waterfall
Tenas Falls Strenuous 10.3 miles 2,000 feet Summer-September Climbs through Douglas-fir to a lookout with views of Tolo Peak, Mt. Thielsen, Mt. Bailey and peaks along the rim of Crater Lake
Rough Rider Falls Moderate 8 miles round trip and shorter shuttle option 400 feet late spring-fall The trail follows the Upper Rogue River trail follows the Rogue River providing views of two beautiful waterfalls
North Umpqua Trail (some stretches closed due to recent fires) Strenuous 79 miles 5,000 feet up and down Various depending on section 12 different trailheads offer great opportunities for hiking, backpacking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and more. 
Mount Hood photo by Cheryl Hill.