5 Awesome Fall Hikes in Oregon

Explore some of the greatest trails in the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon is home to some of the tallest waterfalls and most beautiful scenery in the northwestern United States, especially when the autumn leaves start changing. From rolling hills to winding rivers, there is an endless supply of trails leading to views that will leave you in awe. With famous spots like the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood and hundreds of more unknown destinations in between, Oregon must be added to your fall hiking bucket list. If you're lucky enough to live in Oregon, be sure to check out one of these awesome hikes this weekend!

Photo: Jhamil Bader

Ten gorgeous waterfalls throughout one hike?! The unique features of South Falls, Lower South Falls, and Middle North Falls are the paths that pass behind the falls providing an amazing visual and auditory experience; however, be sure to have a good bag for your equipment to avoid water damage and a decent jacket (preferably water-resistant). Also, you should be cautious when walking behind the waterfalls as the ground can be slippery or icy and can cause falls. Learn more.

Photo: Michael Graw

Coyote Wall is a relatively uncrowded trail system in the Columbia River Gorge that provides outstanding views of the Columbia River. The trail system is made up primarily of user-created mountain biking trails, allowing hikers a choose-your-own-adventure approach to exploring the area. Learn more.

Photo: Michael Graw

This is a great and easy day hike that features two waterfalls - Alsea Falls and Green Peak Falls - amid beautiful Oregon Coast Range scenery. This hike is perfect for a family trip as the trail is dog-friendly, the Alsea River serves as a swimming hole on hot days, and there is a picnic area just across from the trailhead. Campsites are also available for those looking to spend a weekend exploring the Coast Range. Learn more.

Photo: Richard Bacon

Moderate hike (eight miles roundtrip), but you can hike as far as you'd like. More than a handful of beautiful waterfalls. This hike is within proximity to Paulina Falls and Paulina Lake. There's also camping available with views of Paulina Peak. Learn more.

Photo: Jessica Dales

Accessible year round, hike and camp without any technical skills. Pick a trail map up in the park or get one off the park's website. Duration: two-plus hours for the six-mile loop with stops to take in the sites. Although it is famous for rock climbing, Smith Rock also boasts an extensive trail system. The best hike meanders along the Crooked River, then over the top of well-named Misery Ridge, and eventually loops around the entire park. Learn more.

Cover photo: Jhamil Bader

Published: September 17, 2018

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