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Portland and Willamette Valley Hikes

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City of Portland


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Forest Park
Holman Lane Loop Hike Easy 2.3 730 Quick loop at the southern fringes of Forest Park
Dogwood-Wild Cherry Loop Hike Easy 2.6 500 Hike down and then up on thickly wooded trails in Forest Park
Alder-Wildwood Loop Hike Easy 2.9 460 Quick loop through mixed deciduous/coniferous forest in Forest Park
Firelane 1-Nature Trail Loop Hike Moderate 6.6 1595 Lollipop loop in central Forest Park beginning at St. Helens Road
Maple-Wildwood Loop Hike Moderate 8.4 1080 Pleasant loop, mostly on foot trails, to visit big trees in the center of Forest Park
Firelane 7-Springville Road Loop Hike Easy 4.9 1120 Hike down and up ridges and, in between, the gullies of the Wildwood Trail
Tolinda-Ridge Trail Loop Hike Moderate 5.9 1685 Loop in central Forest Park using some less frequented trails
Linnton Loop Hike Moderate 5.2 930 Loop hike from Highway 30 into the heart of Forest Park
BPA Road-Newton Road Loop Hike Moderate 8.1 2600 Varied loop hike with spurs at the north end of Forest Park
Firelane 15 Hike Moderate 4.0 800 Quiet loop hike on the northwest edge of Forest Park
Newton Road to Newberry Road Hike Moderate 9.4 2190 Hike the Wildwood to Forest Park's northern reaches


West Hills
Audubon Sanctuaries Loop Hike Easy 3.0 740 Two short loops and an optional diversion to the Willamette Stone
Pittock Mansion Hike Moderate 5.0 900 Hike up a forested creek bed to a stately mansion
Hoyt Arboretum Loop Hike Easy 4.7 425 Explore a network of trails to view 1,100 species of trees
Washington Park Loop Hike Easy 3.9 585 Hike to several of Portland's most notable attractions
Marquam Trail Hike Moderate 10.6 1865 Trail that connects the Wildwood with Terwilliger; can be done one-way using public transportation
Featured.GIF Council Crest Hike Moderate 3.3 820 Climb to a summit with great views, just minutes from downtown
Marquam Trail to Council Crest Hike Moderate 6.4 1100 An excellent hike on a section of the 40-Mile Loop
Marquam Nature Park Loop Hike Moderate 6.3 1075 Forested loop with spurs using Marquam Gulch and the slopes of Sentinel Hill


Southwest Portland
George Himes-Willamette Park Loop Hike Easy 3.6 490 Loop from Terwilliger to the Willamette River and back
Woods Park Loop Hike Easy 2.1 210 A pocket of native forest in Southwest Portland
Maricara Loop Hike Easy 0.6 110 Loop through older secondary forest of conifers and deciduous trees
Marshall Park Hike Easy 1.4 80 A walk along Tryon Creek that ends at the state park
Tryon Creek Inner Loop Hike Easy 1.9 200 A short loop through the popular state park
Tryon Creek Outer Loop Hike Moderate 5.7 630 Longer loop around the perimeter of Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Mount Sylvania Loop Hike Easy 4.6 775 Exploration of the south and west slopes of an ancient shield volcano


North Portland
Kelley Point Loop Hike Easy 1.7 45 Deciduous woodland and beaches at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers
Smith and Bybee Lakes Hike Easy 2.1 10 Urban wetland with large numbers of waterbirds
St. Johns-Willamette Cove Loop Hike Easy 4.1 240 Walk through downtown St. Johns and then along the Willamette littoral
Peninsula Crossing-Columbia Slough Hike Moderate 10.2 150 Paved trails between the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers and along the Columbia Slough
Swan Island-Mocks Crest Loop Hike Moderate 7.5 240 Industrial loop down to Mocks Bottom and Swan Island Beach then up along Mocks Crest
Hayden Bay Loop Hike Easy 2.5 10 Hike a paved path on the Columbia and then visit historic Lotus Isle Park


Northeast Portland
Columbia Children's Arboretum Loop Hike Easy 1.0 5 Quiet loop to see the examples of the state trees
Whitaker Ponds Loop Hike Easy 0.5 10 Quiet nature park on a slough in the industrial northeast
Rocky Butte Hike Easy 3.2 480 Hike below cliff faces to a park with expansive views


Southeast Portland
Oaks Bottom Loop Hike Easy 3.8 125 Walk around a wetland, enjoy a stunning mural, and look for a variety of birds
Crystal Springs-Reed Canyon Hike Easy 2.4 145 Enjoy a botanical garden and walk around a small lake below gushing springs
Mount Tabor Hike Easy 2.0 400 Explore a Boring volcano and visit three historic reservoirs


East Portland
Powell Butte Summit Loop Hike Easy 2.9 220 Hike the summit meadows of Powell Butte and get expansive views on a clear day
Powell Butte Loop Hike Easy 4.5 530 Loop around the perimeter of Powell Butte in forest and meadow
Powell Butte West Loop Hike Moderate 5.3 695 Hike some of the new trails at Powell Butte through summit meadows and mature woodland


Sauvie Island


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Wapato Greenway Loop Hike Easy 2.2 40 Birdwatching loop around a seasonal lake
Oak Island Loop Hike Easy 2.8 10 Seasonal hike through meadows and oak woodland
Willow Bar Islands Hike Easy 3.0 10 Beach hike along the Columbia with great views of Mt. St. Helens
Warrior Point Hike Moderate 7.0 0 Flat forest and beach walk to the western tip of Sauvie Island


Gresham Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
City of Gresham
Gresham-Fairview Trail Hike Easy 6.7 130 A paved trail that leads past backyards, industrial lots, a creek and wetlands
Jenne Butte Hike Easy 3.3 690 Hike and bushwhack around a forested cinder cone with two summits
Gresham Butte-Butler Creek Hike Moderate 7.0 935 Visit two Boring volcanoes and then make a loop using a suburban greenway
Kelly Creek Loop Hike Easy 1.2 130 Short loop through wetland and forest habitat near a restored suburban stream


Fairview/Troutdale
Salish Ponds Hike Easy 2.8 30 Loop around some restored ponds and then hike forested Fairview Creek
Blue Lake Park Loop Hike Easy 2.0 30 On a quiet day, this is a pleasant loop in a popular park with a natural area on its west end
Sundial Beach Loop Hike Easy 3.6 40 Walk a levee trail to a beach at the mouth of the Sandy River


Oxbow Regional Park
Oxbow Loop Hike Moderate 7.9 600 Explore the banks of the Sandy River, see a buried forest, and enjoy an old growth woodland
Alder Ridge Loop Hike Easy 2.6 380 Switchback down to a ridge top meadow in Oxbow Regional Park
North Oxbow Hike Moderate 5.4 350 Hike down from a high bluff to see the undeveloped side of Oxbow Park


Clackamas County


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Lake Oswego
William Stafford-Kincaid Curlicue Hike Easy 3.4 120 Walk to the William Stafford Stones and then on part of the Iron Heritage Trail
George Rogers Park Hike Easy 3.4 150 View a historic iron furnace, then a river beach, and afterwards stroll above the Willamette
Springbrook-Iron Mountain Loop Hike Easy 3.4 355 Walk two forested parks and connect with Lake Oswego's iron mining history
Mount Sylvania Loop Hike Easy 4.6 775 Exploration of the south and west slopes of an ancient shield volcano
Bryant Woods-Canal Acres Loop Hike Easy 1.7 40 Double loop through natural areas near the historic Oswego Canal
Luscher Farm-Cooks Butte Loop Hike Easy 5.7 385 Take the Hazelia Agri-Cultural Heritage Trail to learn about the history of this area


West Linn
Mary S. Young State Park Loop Hike Easy 3.7 300 Hike through mixed native forest and along the Willamette River shore
Burnside Park-Maddax Woods Hike Easy 1.1 115 Short walk along a forested stretch of the Willamette River
Palomino Loop Hike Easy 1.9 495 Walk on narrow trails down Trillium Creek under old growth trees and loop back past a viewpoint
Wilderness Park Loop Hike Easy 2.2 390 Two loops in a stand of native forest; trails connect to Camassia Natural Area
Camassia Natural Area Loop Hike Easy 1.4 160 Pleasant loop through flower meadows
Tanner Creek Loop Hike Easy 3.4 385 Walk that loops along wooded creeks and suburban developments
Fields Bridge Hike Easy 1.5 195 Tualatin River walk including glacial erratics and the story of the Willamette Meteorite


Oregon City
Clackamette Loop Hike Easy 4.3 90 Loop in Oregon City and Gladstone at the mouth of the Clackamas River
McLoughlin Promenade Hike Easy 2.3 275 Historic walk above Willamette Falls and to the McLoughlin House
Canemah Bluff Loop Hike Easy 2.4 190 Walk to clifftop viewpoints over the Willamette and a historic cemetery


Clackamas/Milwaukie
Elk Rock Island Hike Easy 1.3 130 Rock hop a Willamette River channel to an ancient volcano
Mount Talbert Summit Loop Hike Easy 1.9 490 Loop to the summit of Mt Talbert
Mount Talbert West Loop Hike Easy 1.9 410 Forested loop
Mount Talbert from Sunnyside Road Hike Easy 2.6 450 Climb Mt Talbert from the backside


Happy Valley
Mount Scott Creek Hike Easy 2.3 160 Short hike on chip trails along wooded Mount Scott Creek
Mount Scott Loop Hike Easy 3.1 530 Loop up the slopes of Mt. Scott from Mt. Scott Nature Park
Spring Mountain Loop Hike Easy 3.4 610 Three short loops taking in pocket woodlands and views to Cascade peaks
Shadow Ridge-Sunrise Heights Loop Hike Easy 3.1 470 Loop using a creekside trail, paved paths, and sidewalks with views
Happy Valley Park Loop Hike Easy 3.0 290 Walk trails through a wetland and then up the slopes of Scouters Mountain
Scouters Mountain Loop Hike Easy 1.3 210 Loop to the top of a Boring volcano in a Metro nature park


Wilsonville
Memorial Park to Boones Ferry Landing Hike Easy 4.1 180 Hike around Wilsonville's marquee park and then walk west to Boones Ferry Park
Graham Oaks Loop Hike Easy 3.1 60 Loop hike through a recovering oak savanna
Magness Tree Farm Loop Hike Easy 4.5 775 Hike interpretive loops on forested hillsides and walk to a cedar grove on Corral Creek


Washington County


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Tigard
Fanno Creek Tigard Hike Easy 8.0 40 This is the southern half of the existing Fanno Creek Greenway
Cook and Durham City Parks Hike Easy 5.7 180 Walk in natural areas along the Tualatin River and Fanno Creek
Summerlake Park Loop Hike Easy 1.0 20 Loop around a wetland in suburban Tigard
Cooper Mountain Loop Hike Easy 2.9 300 This park protects vanishing oak savannah in an area of increasing suburban development


Tualatin/Sherwood
Tualatin Refuge Nature Trail Hike Easy 2.0 55 All season nature trail in the Tualatin River floodplain
Chicken Creek Loop Hike Easy 2.8 30 Late spring/summer access to riparian habitat in the Tualatin River NWR
Magness Tree Farm Loop Hike Easy 4.5 775 Hike interpretive loops on forested hillsides and walk to a cedar grove on Corral Creek
Tualatin River Greenway Loop Hike Easy 6.7 55 New trail along the Tualatin River and a loop around an expanse of wetlands in Tualatin
Browns Ferry Hike Easy 2.1 25 Late fall through early spring birdwatching walk on the Tualatin River


Beaverton area
Fanno Creek Beaverton Hike Easy 8.5 125 There are many short walking options and trailheads on this suburban greenway
Hyland Woods Loop Hike Easy 2.6 200 Quiet forest walk under a tall canopy in Beaverton
Lowami Hart Woods Loop Hike Easy 1.1 140 Loop walk in a lovely mixed woodland on South Johnson Creek
Commonwealth Lake Loop Hike Easy 1.7 75 Walk around a suburban lake with congregations of waterfowl in the winter
Willow Creek-Waterhouse Trail Hike Easy 5.2 170 Boardwalk along a creek and then an extension down a powerline corridor
Tualatin Hills Nature Park Loop Hike Easy 4.3 85 Take advantage of the many trails in this mixed woodland
Cedar Mill-North Johnson Creek Loop Hike Easy 5.1 350 Suburban loop connecting natural areas in Cedar Mill
Jordan Woods Hike Easy 1.7 180 Trails in a natural area on Cedar Mill Creek
Jenkins Estate Loop Hike Easy 1.7 350 Stroll around a former country estate through natural woodland and well-designed gardens


Hillsboro
Rock Creek Greenway Hike Moderate 8.1 560 Paved trail through hilly terrain under powerlines and past wetlands
Orenco Woods-Rock Creek Hike Easy 6.4 195 Paved trail from a new park that runs through wetlands on Rock Creek
Noble Woods Loop Hike Easy 1.2 65 Loop hike through lush woodland on Rock Creek
Rood Bridge Loop Hike Easy 2.6 80 Short loops at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Tualatin River
Jackson Bottom Loop Hike Easy 2.9 35 Great birdwatching stroll on the Tualatin River floodplain


Forest Grove Area
Hagg Lake Loop Hike Moderate 13.5 520 Hike through forest and creek valleys around a foothills reservoir


Willamette Valley Area


Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Willamette Valley State Parks
Erratic Rock Hike Easy 0.5 110 Short stroll on a paved trail to a large glacial erratic surrounded by farmland
Fort Yamhill Loop Hike Easy 0.5 100 Interpretive loop around the site of a mid-19th century military outpost
Champoeg Loop Hike Easy 3.4 120 Hike Oregon's early settler history along the Willamette
Champoeg to Butteville Hike Easy 5.8 300 Walk through lush forest to a historic store
Willamette Mission Loop Hike Easy 2.6 20 Explore a historic mission site, oxbow lakes, and riparian woods; longer loop possible
Spring Valley Loop Hike Easy 3.9 135 This new state park on the Willamette River Greenway has several short trails
Luckiamute Landing Hike Easy 4.0 50 Hike in forest and past open fields to a campsite on the Willamette
Luckiamute Wetland Hike Easy 1.1 45 See large oaks and basking turtles in this valley state park


Willamette Valley Wildlife Refuges
Morgan Lake Loop Hike Easy 2.5 40 Seasonal wildlife refuge hike around marshes and open fields
Baskett Slough Hike Easy 1.0 100 Gentle, bird viewing hike
Rail Trail Loop Hike Easy 3.9 10 Hike boardwalks, dikes, and woodland in Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
Coffin Butte Hike Easy 1.7 445 Hike up through oaks and madrones to get views across the Willamette Valley
E.E. Wilson Loop Hike Easy 1.2 20 Interpretive trail to a fishing pond at the site of Camp Adair
Snag Boat Bend Loop Hike Easy 3.2 40 Trails around an oxbow lake on the east bank of the Willamette
Woodpecker Loop Hike Easy 1.2 105 Loop hike on forested hill in the William Finley Wildlife Refuge
Mill Hill Loop Hike Easy 2.8 110 Hike to a secluded creek with wildflowers in the spring
Finley Refuge Loop Hike Moderate 8.4 455 After April 1st, walk around forest, meadows, marshes, and historic farm buildings
Pigeon Butte Loop Hike Easy 6.4 355 Seasonal loop around wetlands, open fields, and oak woods


Yamhill County
Harvey Creek Loop Hike Easy 1.6 345 Wooded trail to a pioneer cemetery in wine country
Tice Woods Loop Hike Easy 1.3 85 Loop around wetlands and woods on Baker Creek in McMinnville
Joe Dancer Loop Hike Easy 2.2 45 Take a trail around a bend in the South Yamhill River
Miller Woods Loop Hike Easy 4.1 515 Walk around pasture and forest at an old country farm near McMinnville


Salem Area
Keizer Rapids Loop Hike Easy 2.4 55 Loop through lush woods to the Beardsley Bar on the Willamette River
Salem Riverfront Hike Easy 4.1 45 Use a converted railroad bridge to connect to Salem's Riverfront and Wallace Marine Parks
Minto-Brown Island Loop Hike Easy 9.3 45 Enjoy a network of trails in this large park on the Willamette Floodplain
Bush's Pasture Loop Hike Easy 2.2 60 Visit two historic homes and stroll through an oak parkland near Pringle Creek


McDonald State Forest
Peavy Arboretum Loop Hike Easy 3.2 190 Trees are labeled along some of these trails, and spring wildflowers brighten up leafy woods
Calloway Creek Loop Hike Easy 4.1 330 Pleasant loop through mossy woods and forest research plots with interpretive signs
Section 36-Powder House Loop Hike Moderate 4.8 880 Loop through various stages of forest growth and research plantations; abundant wildflowers in the spring
Lewisburg Saddle Old Growth Hike Easy 2.0 240 Hike through a research area with 30-year-old trees and then admire some large Douglas-firs
Sulphur Springs via Alpha Trail Hike Moderate 5.4 1055 Hike through ridge top old growth and then downhill to a historic curative spring
Dan's Trail Loop Hike Moderate 9.6 1865 Double loop through a varied woodland to a viewpoint atop Dimple Hill
Oak Creek Loop Hike Moderate 5.4 750 Loop hike through mixed forest in the Oak Creek drainage


Scotts Mills Area
Abiqua Falls Hike Moderate 1.0 180 A short steep hike to the base of an impressive waterfall.
Butte Creek Falls Loop Hike Easy 1.1 320 An easy loop to two beautiful waterfalls.


Silver Falls State Park
Trail of Ten Falls Loop Hike Moderate 7.8 870 See all ten of the waterfalls in the park
Upper North Falls Hike Easy 0.6 40 Paved trail to a 65-foot waterfall in a dark amphitheater
North Falls Hike Easy 0.8 90 Staircase down to view a huge waterfall
Silver Falls Upper Loop Hike Moderate 3.0 290 Loop to waterfalls at the east end of the canyon
Featured.GIF Silver Falls Lower Loop Hike Moderate 4.6 670 Eight waterfalls in less than five miles
Maple Ridge Loop Hike Easy 2.6 400 Shortest loop in the park visits two major waterfalls
South Falls Loop Hike Easy 0.9 280 Quick hike to the most popular waterfall in the park
Silver Falls Perimeter Loop Hike Difficult 16.8 2470 Long, forested backcountry loop from the North Falls Trailhead
Howard Creek Loop Hike Easy 3.1 280 Loop under tall old-growth Douglas-firs and along Smith Creek
Buck Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 8.1 990 Loop from old-growth to mostly secondary forest, mainly on old logging roads
Smith Creek Loop Hike Moderate 9.0 1420 Loop up into forested hillsides and then skirt the bottomlands of Smith Creek


Albany
Cox Creek to Talking Waters Hike Easy 2.8 50 Take the Cox Creek Trail from Waverly Lake to Talking Water Gardens
Albany Riverfront Hike Moderate 6.8 60 Use trails and streets to hike from the Calapooia River to Second Lake along the Willamette
Takena Landing Hike Easy 3.4 65 Walk in riverine woodland on the north bank of the Willamette across from Albany


Corvallis Area
Avery Park Loop Hike Easy 1.3 30 Leafy loop around a bend in the Marys River
Cardwell Hill-Fitton Green Hike Moderate 7.8 1075 Walk an old wagon road and then take in the views from a grassy hilltop
Bald Hill Loop Hike Easy 3.1 440 Loop through pastureland and up to a viewpoint on an oak-forested hill
Jackson-Frazier Wetland Loop Hike Easy 0.8 0 Short boardwalk and interpretive hike around a restored wetland


Sweet Home Area
McDowell Creek Falls Loop Hike Easy 1.8 230 Loop hike to scenic waterfalls in a county park
Horse Rock Ridge Hike Easy 3.2 660 Steep open meadows on BLM land northeast of Eugene
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