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05.12.17

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  • Cape Lookout Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • View from Cape Falcon looking southeast toward Neahkahnie Mountain.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Tillamook Head Hike: View west from the viewpoint near Hiker's Camp. - Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Drift Creek Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • View looking southeast from Neahkahnie Mountain's summit.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Cascade Head Hike: Viewing looking south over the Salmon River and the Westwind Stewardship Group's 500-acre nature preserve.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Saddle Mountain's summit.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Lower Kentucky Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Port Orford Heads Trails: Though distant, Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Humbug Mountain are visible from the headlands.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • A short trail leads to the base of Golden Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Wahkeena/Multnomah Falls Loop: Ecola Falls on the upper end of Multnomah Creek.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Oneonta Gorge: View on top of the log jam.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Ponytail Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Eagle Creek Hike: Punchbowl Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Munra Point Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Tom McCall Point Hike: View looking east.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Indian Point.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Deschutes River, Ferry Springs Hike: Lower Deschutes River looking northwest into Washington.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Hood (11,250 ft) from Chinidere Mountain.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • McCord Creek below Elowah Falls during the winter months.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Hood from the McNeil Point Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount Hood's Paradise Park Hike: Lupine (Lupinus) and arrowleaf groundsel (Senecio triangularis).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Clackamas + Memaloose Falls Hike: There is an alternate route into that cave. South Fork Clackamas Falls in the distance.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Tamanawas Falls in winter.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Salmon River, Old Trail: Giant western red cedar (Thuja plicata).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Bald Butte: View of Mount Hood (11,250 ft) to the south with field of arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Ramona Falls Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Clackamas River Trail: Pup Creek Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Mount Hood (11,250 ft) from Gnarl Ridge, just above Lamberson Butte.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Cooper Spur Hike: Mount Hood (11,250 ft) and Eliot Glacier.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Magenta paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora) in Jefferson Park.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Three Fingered Jack (7,844 ft) from Canyon Creek Meadows.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Pamelia Lake + Grizzly Peak: View of Mount Jefferson (10,495 ft).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Metolius River Trail.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Black Butte Hike: Coupola Lookout at Black Butte's summit (6,436 ft).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Opal Creek Trail: Sawmill Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Abiqua Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Trail of 10 Falls: Middle North Falls, Silver Falls State Park.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Upper Butte Creek Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • The summit of Spencer Butte (2,058 ft).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Upper Proxy Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Diamond Falls: Salt Creek Falls from the upper viewpoint en route to Diamond Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • View of Mount Jefferson from inside Boca Cave.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • McKenzie River Trail: Tamolitch Falls formerly spilled over here.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Brice Creek.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • South Sister from Green Lakes.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Tumalo Falls from upper viewpoint.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Arnold Ice Cave: The entire cavern is filled with hundreds of these!- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Broken Top Crater.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Lava River Cave.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Paulina Lake Loop Trail.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Deschutes River, Upper Reach Hike: Deschutes River, just below Benham Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Tam McArthur Rim: Little Three Creeks Lake seen from the top of the rim. Peaks from left to right: Mount Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood and Mount Adams (if you squint).- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • The view of 20-foot Steelhead Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Waldo Lake + Rigdon Lakes Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Pualina Peak Hike: View looking down at Paulina Lake.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Smith Rock, Misery Ridge Hike: View looking northwest toward the natural pillar, Monkey Face.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Sparks Lake, Ray Adkeson Memorial Trail: View of South Sister (10,358 ft) over Sparks Lake.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Diamond Peak Hike: View of the Cascades.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Rogue River Trail: Upper and Lower Washboard rapids.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Moon Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Panoramic view of Crater Lake National Park from Mount Scott's summit.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Crater Lake, Garfield Peak Hike: View looking north toward Llao Rock and Mount Bailey (8,368 ft) and Mount Theilsen (9,182').- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Plaikni Falls.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Indigo Lake Hike: Sawtooth Mountain and Indigo Lake.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • The Grizzly Peak Trail in the fall with Mount Shasta in the distance.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Mount McLoughlin Hike: On the way back down, keeping Fourmile Lake in sight.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Lower Table Rock: A view to Mount McLoughlin (9,495 ft) from a higher elevation.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Lookout Mountain + Mother Lode Mine Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Srawberry Mountain via Strawberry Lake: A hiker enjoys the summit view.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Slide Lake via High Lake.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Little Strawberry Lake.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Looking over the Alvord Desert on the Pike Creek Mine Hike.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Borax Lake and Hot Springs desert landscape.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
  • Aneroid Lake Hike in the Wallowa Mountains.- Oregon's 75 Best Day Hikes
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Now here's a list that will likely be contentious, but someone has to do it. How do you pick the best of the best? In a state with so much natural beauty and wild diversity, there's certainly a lot to choose from. To get started, we broke the state into eight distinct regions and then asked ourselves two critical questions:

  • "If we had to pick a handful, what day hikes in this region would we undoubtedly recommend to friends visiting from out of town?"
  • "Despite their popularity, what day hikes exemplify the unique qualities of this region?"

After hours of deliberation and debate, we've come up with a solid list that is long enough to include destinations that you've always wanted to reach, some old favorites that need to be revisited, and hopefully plenty of spots you've never even heard of. Note that plenty of Oregon's most incredible places aren't included on this list even though they may be accessible by trail; in this case, we've excluded hikes that are less than a half-mile. You can find plenty of these spots by searching Special Destinations, which will yield results such as Toketee Falls off the Umpqua River. We've also excluded any hike over 14 miles round-trip that is better suited for backpacking, including adventures such as Glacier Lake in the Wallowa Mountains.

And, you may ask, why Diamond Peak for the cover? It's a long day to get the top and back down, but this hike is overlooked by many Oregonians. From its summit you can see a huge portion of the state. It's unbelievable! In one spot you can see both Mount Hood and Mount Shasta, and few other places give you that same sense of being surrounded by Oregon's splendor.

So get out your calendars, call your friends, share via social media, pick a weekend, pack your bags, hit the trails, and enjoy all that Oregon has to offer!

Oregon Coast + Coast Range

  1. Cape Lookout Hike
  2. Cape Falcon Hike
  3. Tillamook Head Hike
  4. Drift Creek Falls Hike
  5. Neahkahnie Mountain
  6. Cascade Head
  7. Saddle Mountain
  8. Kentucky Falls Hike
  9. Port Orford Heads Trails
  10. Golden + Silver Falls

Columbia River Gorge

  1. Multnomah Falls/Wahkeena Falls Loop
  2. Oneonta Gorge
  3. Horsetail + Ponytail Falls Hike
  4. Eagle Creek Hike
  5. Munra Point
  6. Tom McCall Point
  7. Indian Point Hike
  8. Deschutes River, Ferry Springs Hike
  9. Chinidere Mountain + Wahtum Lake Hike
  10. Elowah Falls Hike

Mount Hood/Clackamas River Area

  1. McNeil Point Hike
  2. Paradise Park, Mount Hood
  3. Clackamas + Memaloose Falls Hike
  4. Tamanawas Falls
  5. Salmon River, Old Trail
  6. Bald Butte
  7. Ramona Falls Hike
  8. Clackamas River Trail
  9. Gnarl Ridge Hike
  10. Cooper Spur + Cloud Cap Hike

Mount Jefferson + Metolius River Area

  1. Jefferson Park
  2. Canyon Creek Meadows
  3. Pamelia Lake + Grizzly Peak
  4. Metolius River Trail
  5. Black Butte Trail

Willamette Valley + Foothills

  1. Opal Creek Hike
  2. Abiqua Falls Hike
  3. Silver Falls, Trail of 10 Falls
  4. Butte Creek Falls Hike
  5. Spencer Butte Hike
  6. Proxy Falls Hike
  7. Diamond Creek Falls
  8. Triangulation Peak + Boca Cave
  9. McKenzie River Trail
  10. Brice Creek Trail

Central Oregon

  1. Green Lakes Hike
  2. Tumalo Falls + Creek Hike
  3. Arnold Ice Cave
  4. Broken Top Crater
  5. Lava River Cave
  6. Paulina Lake Loop Trail + Hot Springs
  7. Deschutes River Trail, Upper Reach
  8. Tam McArthur Rim
  9. Steelhead Falls
  10. Waldo Lake + Rigdon Lakes Hike
  11. Paulina Peak
  12. Smith Rock Misery Ridge
  13. Sparks Lake, Ray Adkeson Memorial Trail

Southern Oregon

  1. Diamond Peak, Marie + Rockpile Lakes
  2. Rogue River Trail
  3. Moon Falls
  4. Crater Lake, Mount Scott
  5. Crater Lake, Garfield Peak
  6. Crater Lake Plaikni Falls Trail
  7. Indigo Lake Trail
  8. Grizzly Peak
  9. Mount McLoughlin
  10. ​Lower Table Rock

Eastern Oregon

  1. Lookout Mountain + Mother Lode Mine
  2. Strawberry Mountain via Strawberry Lake
  3. Slide Lake via High Lake
  4. Little Strawberry Hike
  5. Pike Creek Mine Hike
  6. Borax Lake + Borax Lake Hot Springs
  7. Aneroid Lake
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