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Hikes in Oregon

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Oregon has it all – the beaches along the Pacific Ocean, the mountains and national forests that go up central Oregon and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The state is a great place to visit, especially in summer where you can spend your entire vacation outdoors, with near perfect weather. Escape the heat with a dip in the Pacific Ocean or any number of the clear rivers that cover the landscape.

Oregon is a great destination for a holiday, and what we think makes it unique is that the whole darn state is so beautiful. No matter where you go, you find spectacular views. There are also charming towns, full of outdoors adventures. One of our favourites is the town of Bend, one of the great outdoors towns in the US. Surrounded by superb hiking, biking, climbing and lots of snow sports, it’s a cool town with an even better vibe.

In winter, you can find great skiing on Mt. Hood, with plenty of options for XC skiing or snowshoeing. In summer you can do almost anything, from sea kayaking to hiking and climbing. If you need some snow, head up to Mt. Hood (with a guide of course), try to get to the summit and see the remnants of winter's snow or one of Mt. Hood’s glaciers.

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Belknap Crater

Moderate
10.8 km
539 m
3.5-5h

This stunning hike near Bend starts from the scenic McKenzie Pass Highway, the trek along the Pacific Crest Trail to Belknap Crater features breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and Mt. Washington.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.7
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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West Metolius River

Easy
8.7 km
78 m
2-2.5h

It’s a postcard-perfect river walk: simple as that. The Metolius River is unbelievably beautiful and the easy hike along its flank is worth the relatively long drive from Bend. The water is clear and flecked with stunning whitewater rapids. This truly is a trek worth taking.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.6
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Smith Rock’s Summit Trail Loop

Smith Rock’s Summit Trail Loop

Moderate
12.6 km
375 m
3.5-4.5h

Hiking around the stunning Smith Rock State Park is popular for a reason! This wonderful trek near Bend circumnavigates the entire park and provides awesome views of towering cliffs and the beautiful Crooked River while avoiding crowds. 

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.5
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Green Lakes

Hard
16.1 km
416 m
4-5.5h

Arguably the most popular hike near Bend, the Green Lakes Trail walks you up Fall Creek to the namesake lakes and offers stunning views of both South Sister and Broken Top.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.9
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Black Butte

Moderate
6.4 km
454 m
2.5-3.5h

The trek up to Black Butte is a classic hike near Bend. The views from the top are nothing short of spectacular, well worth the walk.  On a clear day you can see all the way to Mt. Hood.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.5
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Paulina Peak

Moderate
10.3 km
635 m
3.5-5h

The gradual hike to the gorgeous Paulina Peak is a top trek near Bend. The views from the top of this hike are stunning, and, as you walk to those views, you’re surrounded by beautiful Rocky Mountain flora.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.8
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Benham Falls

Benham Falls

Very Easy
3.4 km
27 m
0.5-1h

The famous Benham Falls are a gorgeous sight. This family friendly walk along the Deschutes River near Bend is a gem of a hike.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.8
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Tumalo Falls Hike

Easy
6.4 km
165 m
1.5-2h

The Tumalo Falls in Oregon is an amazing 97-foot waterfall near Bend, which is a great sight for nature lovers and families with kids. The Tumalo Falls hike walks you past the huge waterfall and follows the stunning Tumalo Creek. This raging river is gorgeous, and this trek will leave you with a new appreciation of its power.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.7
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Smith Rock’s Misery Ridge Loop

Smith Rock’s Misery Ridge Loop

Easy
8.9 km
304 m
2.5-3.5h

The most popular hike in Smith Rock State Park, the Misery Ridge Trail takes hikers and sightseers to one of the highest points in the park with incredible views. It’s easy to see why this walk is so popular.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.9
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Open details for Whychus Creek Trail

Whychus Creek Trail

Moderate
9.8 km
204 m
2.5-3h

This hike is perfect for escaping the crowds at many of the popular walks closer to Bend.  A moderate trail perfect for the whole family.

User Ratings
Overall Rating
9.7
Technical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Physical Difficulty
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.

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