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Portland Guide

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Tamanawas Falls Loop
Tamanawas Falls Loop

A short 2 to 4 mile hike into the waterfall. There are two locations to park off of HWY 35 so make sure not to leave valuables in the car. The parking location shown on the map is from the Polallie...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Aspen Trailhead to Rocking Chair Dam
Aspen Trailhead to Rocking Chair Dam

Aspen Trailhead to Rocking Chair Dam is about 12.6 miles long and located near Portland, Oregon. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day

Mt. Tabor City Park
Mt. Tabor City Park

Although there is no swimming in the reservoirs for obvious reasons this park has plenty of other things to offer the whole family including picnic areas, a dog park, monuments and public art, and...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Eagle Creek and Tunnel Falls
Eagle Creek and Tunnel Falls

This is a beautiful gorge hike not far from Portland. It takes you on trails that hug cliffs (hope you don't have a fear of heights) and past numerous beautiful waterfalls. I hiked this trail on a...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Horsepasture Mountain
Horsepasture Mountain

The sunny, rocky slopes of Horsepasture Mountain offer a variety of wildflowers in late June. At the top of the mountain, the site of an old lookout, there are outstanding views of the Three Sisters,...

Sandy River Delta - Columbia River Gorge
Sandy River Delta - Columbia River Gorge

This is a wonderful place to bring you dog to run around! You can bring your mountain bike or just walk the myriad trails of the park. I've laid out a track in this guide that will bring you to the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Reeder Road Loop - Sauvie Island
Reeder Road Loop - Sauvie Island

This is a beautiful full day ride around back roads on Sauvie Island. Keep your eye out for birds such as Eagles, Ospreys and Hawks on this ride that will take you along the Columbia River and back...

Santiam Wagon Road to House Rock
Santiam Wagon Road to House Rock

The Santiam Wagon Road is a historic cattle road which goes from Sisters, Oregon to Albany, Oregon. This hike to House Rock is probably the most intact piece of the original wagon road, this segment...

Marine Drive to Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area
Marine Drive to Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area

In this guide I've outlined the major trails in the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area. You can follow a short path north along the road for views over a wetland towards Bybee Lake or follow a...

Powell Butte Natural Area
Powell Butte Natural Area

This is a short hike with some great views and a picnic table at the top. This park has multi-use trails but mountain bikers should stay off the horse trails and both horses and mountain bikers...

Larch Mountain Crater Loop
Larch Mountain Crater Loop

This loop hike will start you off at the top of Larch Mountain at Sherrard Point just over 4,000 feet with fantastic views of 4 major Cascade Volcanoes! Sherrard Point is an easy walk from the...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Milo McIver State Park Bat Trail
Milo McIver State Park Bat Trail

This park has a series of trails that run throughout it but for this guide I wanted to give a taste of three very different ones. The first is a bat loop trail that will bring you past several bat...

Klickitat Rail Trail
Klickitat Rail Trail

This is a very flat hike that follows an old railway. The bridges along the trail have all been recently renovated with wooden planks (you can still spot some of the rail ties and metal along the...

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

Enjoy this short walk around this natural area. This is a great place for watching birds. Children will be occupied reading the many interpretive signs on the walk. If you have a canoe this is a...

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Sellwood Park
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Sellwood Park

This is a great place to go bird watching. You will follow a path along the east side of a wetland area where you may see some Flycatchers or even ospreys that nest nearby. Once you get to the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Waterfront Bike Path to Kelly Point Park
Waterfront Bike Path to Kelly Point Park

Combine this Guide with my guide for the Columbia Slough Trail and my Springwater Corridor Guide to make an incredible 50+ mile bike tour around the Portland City limits. I've tried to find the...

Columbia Slough Trail - Kelley Point Park to Springwater Corridor Trail
Columbia Slough Trail - Kelley Point Park to Springwater Corridor Trail

The Columbia Slough Trail is still under development. There are gaps in the trail from Kelley Point Park to the connection with the Springwater Corridor Trail. I've tried my best to outline a safe...

Sauvie Island - Wapato  Greenway State Park
Sauvie Island - Wapato Greenway State Park

This walking loop around the Wapato Access Greenway State Park on Sauvie Island is a great destination year-round for bird watching. This loop will take you to a viewpoint over a marshy area where...

Scappoose Bay Marine Park Nature Trail and Kayak Launch
Scappoose Bay Marine Park Nature Trail and Kayak Launch

This is a great place to bring a daughter or son. First, take a walk around the interpretive nature trail with them along the shore and through the wooded area to learn about the flora and fauna of...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Pittock Mansion From Lower MacLeay Park
Pittock Mansion From Lower MacLeay Park

At over 1,000 feet you will have great views of Portland and will also have a great opportunity for bird watching. Take the time to explore the grounds and make sure to read the links I've included...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Fernhill Wetlands
Fernhill Wetlands

The Audubon Society of Portland recognizes this area as a popular place to see a variety of Pacific Northwest bird species. There is usually plenty of parking and a nice gravel path circling the...

Molalla River State Park
Molalla River State Park

Take a hike along a beautiful meadow and through beautiful woods to the shore of the Molalla River. If you have time enjoy a picnic at the tables near the parking lot and a game of horse shoes!

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Warrior Rock Lighthouse - Sauvie Island
Warrior Rock Lighthouse - Sauvie Island

This walk follows along the shore of the Columbia to a very cool old lighthouse that used to direct shipping traffic up the Columbia River. It is Oregon's smallest lighthouse and is one of only two...

Rated 1 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain

There are two options to hike to the summit of Iron Mountain. One is a short, but difficult hike, while the other wraps around the mountain through the meadows of Cone Peak (as laid out in this...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Castle Rock
Castle Rock

This hike is listed as easy and can be done with children. You hike through a Douglas fir forest with some interesting rock formations as well. From the top you can see the McKenzie River Valley as...

Fort Rock - Fort Rock State Park
Fort Rock - Fort Rock State Park

In this guide you will explore the inside of the Fort Rock State Natural Area. This volcanic rock formation was formed 50,000 to 100,000 years ago as lava rose to the surface under an ancient sea....

Grotto Falls
Grotto Falls

The glistening waters of this attractive waterfall invite visitors to experience a closer view. Water plunges 100 feet over a cliff with the trail passing behind the falls into a natural cavern. This...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Boulder Creek Wilderness (from Bradley Trail)
Boulder Creek Wilderness (from Bradley Trail)

This Wilderness area was burned in a 1996 fire that makes this hike all the more interesting as it wanders in and out of affected areas. Burned stands of trees and seemingly untouched forest sit side...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Little River Waterfalls
Little River Waterfalls

These waterfalls are all along the Little River area in the North Umpqua River Valley. Three of the waterfall trails start from Little River Road, with only Grotto Falls taking you off the main drag...

Wind Mountain
Wind Mountain

From the trailhead the trail should be easy to spot on the South side of the dirt road turnout. The trail almost immediately turns eastward as it gains elevation steadily for a quarter mile or so....

Top Eats in Portland, OR
Top Eats in Portland, OR

Is Portland, Oregon, America's newest food capital? Get to know the indie chefs, coffee geeks, meat obsessives, and salt fanatics who are turning up the heat in the Northwest.

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Portland for Families
Portland for Families

Portland has many green spaces where kids can play, and flat bike routes are ideal for young cyclists or families toting a child on a bike seat.

Portland also has several family friendly destinations...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Portland Highlights
Portland Highlights

Many locals say the Portland Saturday Market is the number one attraction, but its limited hours and winter closure mean that some visitors won't get to go.

Don't despair. The city has so many other...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Portland for Foodies
Portland for Foodies

Portland for foodies is a bit redundant; almost everywhere you eat has locally sourced ingredients and a seasonal focus. Chefs and servers are justifiably proud of their fresh bounty, and with little...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Portland Arts and Culture
Portland Arts and Culture

Portland's commitment to public art means you can immerse yourself in cultural life and not spend a penny. And at monthly gallery walks, you can even eat and drink free.

This tour is centered around...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Drinking in Portland
Drinking in Portland

The culinary scene is so highly evolved in Portland that drinking requires a separate entry from food. And drinking is not just devoted to beer, although the city is the craft beer capital of...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members

Perfect Weekend

3.5 of 5 stars 5 Votes
Labor Day Weekend in Portland (Roadtravlr, 26 Sep 2006)
3.5 of 5 stars 6 Votes
Sleepless in Portland, Oregon (Seadebi, 23 Jun 2008)
3.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes

Best Of

4.0 of 5 stars 11 Votes
3.0 of 5 stars 12 Votes
From Portland to Bend (thefayeway, 31 Jul 2006)
3.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Recent Trip

5.0 of 5 stars 9 Votes
Oregon Golf (santhony, 3 Aug 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Portland, Oregon: Ideal Agenda (dead2world, 15 Jul 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 13 Votes