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Oregon Badlands Wilderness

Bend is known for its proximity to many amazing hikes. A lesser known area to hike is the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area, which is just 20 minutes East of downtown Bend. This wilderness area provides miles and miles of various hikes on mostly level ground. There are a couple of rock outcroppings where you can … Continue reading »

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Forest Park and St. Johns in Portland

Looking for a hike close in to the city? One with wooded trails, views, and even a park? Look no further than Forest Park, the largest park in city limits! For a fun trip, I recommend starting out on the East side and checking out Cathedral Park, underneath the St. Johns bridge. From there, head … Continue reading »

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Rachel Lake

Rachel Lake is one of my favorite hikes, and my favorite camping spot. While located in the neighboring state of Washington, this trip is too good to miss! Rachel Lake is an alpine lake at over 4000′ in the Snoqualmie Pass area. This hike involves 4 miles uphill to the beautiful lake, passing waterfalls, streams, … Continue reading »

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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Looking for a great wetland to explore close in to Portland? Want to do some birding nearby? Or are you looking for a hike that is easy to bike to from central Portland? Find all of this and more at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Portland’s first protected wetland, the refuge is on the east side … Continue reading »

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Gold Beach

If you are planning a trip to the southern Oregon coast, Gold Beach should be one of your first stops! Gold Beach is south of the Shore Acres/Cape Argo Hwy area and just slightly north of the California border. This small town is home to several beautiful beaches, as well as the coastal outlet of … Continue reading »

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Shore Acres/Cape Arago Hwy

One of the best places to visit along the Oregon Coast is the Cape Arago Highway and Shore Acres State Park. This area is about 15 minutes south of the city of Coos Bay and provides great paths and stunning ocean views. It is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the summer. There are dozens … Continue reading »

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Jackson-Frazier Wetland

Its the season to visit wetlands! The Jackson-Frazier wetland, a small preserve in Corvallis, Oregon gives you a great reason to take a short hike. The park contains an almost mile long loop of boardwalk to provide unparelled access to the wetland habitat. Expect to see tons of wildlife in this beautiful area including birds, … Continue reading »

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Jackson Bottom

The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a great place to visit for an hour or two walk near the Hillsboro area, southwest of downtown Portland. It is a very easy Oregon Hike, with no elevation gain, but the paths (3 miles) will take you through some very beautiful wetlands. During the winter time, it is possible … Continue reading »

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Dog Mountain: A beautiful view

While not officially an “Oregon Hike”, Dog Mountain is just over the northern border along the Gorge, near the town of Stevenson, WA. If you are looking for a more challenging hike, this is a great choice. It is a 7 mile trek up the mountain and back, though there are lower viewpoints as well … Continue reading »

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Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a small park that contains 1 mile of easy hiking trails in the Winter, and 4 miles in the Spring and Summer. The paths are flat gravel and and will take you through a growing oak savannah, as well as through a small forest, ending at the wetland oberservation … Continue reading »

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