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5 Top Rated Hikes Near Oregon City

The variety of terrain offered in our region, complemented by our temperate climate makes the state of Oregon a top hit for hikes and backpacking extravaganzas! If you are looking to satisfy your craving for outdoor adventure, we’ve got you covered. We have scouted out the 5 highly rated hikes near Oregon City to add to your summer outdoor activities.

Little Crater Lake, Mount Hood National Forest

1. Little Crater Lake Trail - Mount Hood National Forest

This little gem located near Welches, Oregon just off of Rd. 58 offers a short 0.4 mile trail loop perfect for all skill levels. During this hike you will walk through gorgeous meadows, into trees and breaks out to the Little Crater Lake pond. This trail provides a variety of activity opportunities including bird watching and camping! This trail welcomes all dogs on leash. According to, Little Crater Lake has raving reviews and is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Ramona Falls, Mount Hood Wilderness

2. Ramona Falls Trail - Mount Hood Wilderness

The Ramona Falls Trail is known to be “one of the most striking destinations in the Mount Hood Wilderness”.

A personal favorite, this trail features well marked signage, rivers, luscious greenery, trees, a brief view of Mount Hood and the beloved Ramona Falls. The trail is used for hiking, trail riding and snow shoeing. Dogs on leashes are also welcome on this trail. Make sure you wear adequate walking shoes and bring a sack lunch since you will definitely develop an appetite after you gain over 1,000 ft in elevation across the 7.1 mile loop. According to this hike is given 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Little Zig Zag Falls, Mount Hood National Forest

3. Little Zig Zag Falls - Mount Hood National Forest

This short & sweet, out & back hike is perfect to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Located near Government Camp, Oregon this popular 0.7 mile is a well-maintained trail good for all skill levels. Featuring a waterfall and views of the river along the trail. Dogs on leash are allowed on this trail! According to this hike is given 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Salmon River Trail, Huckleberry Wilderness

4. Salmon River Trail (Short Option) -

Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness hosts a myrid of trails and gorgeous hikes for a variety of skill levels. The Salmon River Trail: Short Option is a popular out & back hike located near Rhododendron, Oregon. This moderate trail covers 7.6 mils with a 1,676 ft elevation gain. Although this trail is primarily used for hiking, there are a variety of other activities such as camping, fishing and backpacking! ranks this trail 4.5 out of 5 stars.

5. Salmon River Trail - Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

If you are looking for an extensive and challenging hike then this one is for you. This multi-day hike is 25.7 mile loop with a 4,261 ft elevation gain perfect for running (until mile 7), camping and backpacking! Accessible all year around, this trail features the Salmon River with gorgeous viewpoints. ranks this hike 4.5 out of 5 stars.

What hikes have you conquered so far? Make sure to tag @discoveroregoncity next time you choose to explore Oregon's beautiful nature trails. We would love to feature your highly recommended hike in our blog post!

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