5 Hiking Trails in and around Portland

Forest Park

Forest Park is located on the outskirts of the north west side of Portland. It is incredibly easy to get to by foot from the city – this would be my recommendation if you are able to! The great thing about Forest Park is that you feel as though you are in the middle of the countryside because of how peaceful it is and how surrounded you are by nature, but in reality are not far at all from the hustle and bustle of city life!

Forest Park includes a number of different trails and routes so if you like hiking, you’ll definitely find the perfect route for you – some trails are flatter and others steeper, however all are well-signposted so you know where you are going.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south.

Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River (and the towns of Roosevelt, Washington, and Arlington, Oregon) in the east down to the eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the water gap furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens National Monument is a destination that has something for everyone—short hikes and excellent visitor centers for families, moderate hikes with grand views for day hikers, and extremely difficult terrain and true solitude for backcountry enthusiasts.

There are three different access points for the Monument, and each provides visitors with a distinctly different experience. All have excellent hiking opportunities. If you’ve visited Mount St. Helens before, you might like to try a different perspective on the mountain this summer. We have featured 12 great hikes below.

Permits — Interagency or Northwest Forest Pass: Many trailheads in and around the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument require a Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency pass to park at them.

Entry to the Johnston Ridge Visitor Center is $8 per person for those 16 and older (free for kids). They will honor Interagency Annual and Senior passes for named pass-holders, and a Northwest Forest Pass will gain entry for one person. More details. In winter, when Johnston Ridge is closed, the Coldwater Visitor Center is open and free to visitors.

Be prepared for the elements! With little tree-cover, hikers are exposed to the sun, the rain, and especially, the wind. Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and layers to adjust to the changing conditions. best travel blog

Carry lots of water. There is also little water along many of the trails, so it is important to bring plenty of it with you.

Leave your pups at home. Due to the sensitive ecosystem, there are special rules in the blast zone area that ask hikers to stay on the trail, leave their dogs at home and obtain permits for backpacking or climbing the mountain. Check out the Goat Mountain trail below for a dog-friendly view of Mount St. Helens.

Neahkahnie Mountain

Neahkahnie Mountain is a mountain, or headland, on the Oregon Coast, north of Manzanita in Oswald West State Park overlooking U.S. Route 101.

You can get to the top in 3-4 hours. Are there switch backs and do they get a challenging-sure. But it’s basically uphill hiking on well maintained path. It’s Not easy but I feel most people can do it. There is a rocky scramble for about 20 feet to the top from the south trail but doable. Even kids were able to do it-sure I way about to throw up the whole time but you’re probably a lot more chill.

Not really a mountain, so the walk up is generally fairly easy. It is a bit of a scramble to get to the very top of the rocks at the peak. There are two ways up and neither is particularly strenuous. The views along the coast are great. A little clouds can cut some intense glare from the ocean at certain times.