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Must See Hikes

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

This is a quick list of hikes commonly recommended by Portland Hikers members for visiting hikers. Click the links for more detailed information.

This list is just a quick glance. There are many other worthwhile hikes in our area.



Hike Distance Elevation Change Season Drive Time
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Cedar Flats Hike 10.5 miles 400 feet Year round 120 minute drive
Water level hike on a closed road near Opal Creek. Highlights include an old mining town and an ancient grove of cedars. Overnight lodging is available in Jawbone Flats and you have to hike to get there.
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Cooper Spur Hike 6.4 miles 2800 feet Jul-Oct 120 minute drive
Mount Hood's highest trail hike. Hike to a 1930s era stone shelter and beautiful views of the Eliot Glacier.
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Dog Mountain Hike 6.9 miles 2800 feet Mar-Oct 75 minute drive
Steep yet popular trail to a spectacular summit. Incredible wildflower displays make this the best hike in the area during late May and early June.
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Elk Cove from Vista Ridge Hike 8.8 miles 1790 feet Jul-Oct 120 minute drive
Moderate hike to wildflower meadows on the north face of Mt Hood. This trail usually opens in late June, with the best flower displays in early August.
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McNeil Point Hike 10.4 miles 2200 feet Jul-Oct 120 minute drive
Stunning views to the west highlight this hike. Another stone shelter and you can see the lights of Portland at night.
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Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop Hike 4.9 miles 1600 feet Year round 40 minute drive
Popular loop hike with 10 waterfalls. Starts at the famous Multnomah Falls Lodge. Where else you get a mocha at the trailhead?
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Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge Hike 12.3 miles 2300 feet Jul-Oct 120 minute drive
Hike through massive Zigzag Canyon to summer flower meadows.
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Silver Star Hike 5.7 miles 1240 feet Mar-Nov 90 minute drive
Climb to a peak with an open 360 degree summit. Five volcanoes can be seen from here, if you can pry your eyes from the June-July wildflowers and October fall colors.
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Table Mountain from Aldrich Butte Trailhead Hike 8.0 miles 3350 feet Apr-Oct 60 minute drive
Very tough hike. Lot of elevation gain, including climbing a talus slope. The rewards are incredible clifftop views of the entire gorge.
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Trail of Ten Falls Loop Hike 7.8 miles 870 feet Year round 90 minute drive
Pleasant creekside hike featuring ten (count them ten) waterfalls. The waterfalls are more impressive in the spring, but this hike great all year.
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Tunnel Falls Hike 12.0 miles 1640 feet Year round 45 minute drive
Classic and ancient trail up the Eagle Creek Gorge. Lots of waterfalls, including Punchbowl Falls (an easy short hike) and incredible Tunnel Falls, where the trail actually tunnels behind the waterfall. Lots of cliffside hiking make this a poor choice for dogs or those scared of heights.
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Yocum Ridge Hike 14.2 miles 3600 feet Jul-Oct 120 minute drive
Challenging hike to amazing alpine viewpoints
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Coldwater Peak 12.5 miles 3250 feet Jul-Oct 120 minute drive
Travel through the heart of the 1980 blast zone, and marvel at the pace of recovery as nature slowly reclaims the scoured landscape. Gazing across the Pumice Plain, the steaming crater will rarely be out of site as you traverse pumice and ash strewn hillsides and hummocks. Divert at 3.6 miles to climb 0.6 miles up Harry's Ridge for a spectacular view of Spirit Lake, Mt. St. Helens' crater, and the glacier encircling the lava dome. Or continue another 2.6 miles to the top of Coldwater Peak for a sweeping vista of the entire Mount Margaret Backcountry, high above picturesque Saint Helens Lake.
Portland Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.