Portland Outdoors Activities

Hikes close to Portland

Hoyt Arboretum Loop – A scenic loop hike through the northern portion of Washington Park, centered around the Hoyt Arboretum. 4.7 miles, NW Portland

Kelley Point Park – Easy walk along beach and paved trails at the point where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers converge. 1.7 miles, N Portland

Oak Island – Seasonal hike through the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, open from mid-April through September. 2.8 miles, Sauvie Island

Oaks Bottom – Loop hike around the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – a wetland, meadow and forest complex that is home to a great diversity of birds.
2.3 miles, SE Portland

Smith and Bybee Lakes – A paved trail through the Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area, home of painted turtles, eagles, herons and more.
2.1 miles, N Portland

Washington Park Loop – A hike through Washington Park, on dirt trails and sidewalks past some of Portland’s best attractions.
3.9 miles, SW Portland

Take a walk in Forest Park

Columbia River Gorge (about 30 miles + outside of Portland)

See all of the possible hikes at:  http://www.nwhiker.com/gorge1.html

A view of the Columbia River Gorge from shore

Portlanders’ favorite half day or full day hikes in the Gorge:

Multnomah Falls/Wahkeena Falls Loop

Wahkeena Falls Trail

Oneonta Gorge

Horsetail + Ponytail Falls Hike

Eagle Creek Hike

Munra Point


Mt. Hood National Forest Day Hikes

Paradise Park: A delightful wildflower meadow lies about five miles west of Timberline Lodge via the Pacific Crest Trail. The route dips in an out of several of the southwest side’s big glacial stream canyons.

Mirror Lake: One of the busiest trails in the Mount Hood forest, this hike begins on the south side of U.S. 26 about one mile west of Government Camp. It leads to a lake that reflects Mount Hood, as well as to open slopes covered with tasty huckleberries in late August/early September.

Elk Meadows: The trail features views of Mt. Hood and wildflowers July through August.


Places to Camp Close to Portland: Reserve Ahead of time!

L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park: Nestled in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, just 34 miles (55 km) west of Portland. 

Oxbow Regional Park There’s no better place to play on a hot summer day than the cool, clear waters of the federally designated Wild & Scenic Sandy River. Located 25 miles (40 km) east of downtown Portland.

Have Time to Travel to The Oregon Coast?

Situated on a sand spit between the Pacific Ocean and Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout State Park provides unparalleled beach access and ocean views 85 miles (137 km) west of Portland.

Nearly 10 miles of trails are available to hikers throughout Ecola State Park , situated between Cannon Beach and Seaside.

Numerous trails offer something for everyone on and around Cascade Head . Attractions include colorful wildflowers, barking sea lions, windswept meadows, old-growth forest, and breathtaking ocean views.

Other Iconic Portland Places to Not Miss:

Powell’s Books: The world’s largest Independent Bookstore
1005 w. Burnside St., Portland

Voodoo Donuts:
22 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland

Portland Japanese Gardens:
611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland