The Best Backpacking in Linn County

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Top backpacking spots in and near Linn County

  • Linn County, Oregon

    Santiam Wagon Trail

    19.01 mi / 3632 ft gain
    Santiam Wagon Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cascadia, Oregon.
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  • Foster, Oregon

    Hike the Middle Pyramid

    4.5
    The Three Pyramids, half as tall as the better-known Three Sisters, are beautiful U-shaped glacial valleys, remnants of the Ice Age.To reach the top of Middle Pyramid, leave from the #3380 trailhead at the west end of the parking area. Early on there is a creek crossing (the bridge was still wash...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    McKenzie River National Recreational Trail: Clear Lake to Trail Bridge

    12.41 mi / 1470 ft gain
    McKenzie River National Recreational Trail: Clear Lake to Trail Bridge is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Blue River, Oregon.
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  • Linn County, Oregon

    Hike to Coffin Mountain Fire Lookout

    5.0
    3 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Coffin Mountain Fire Lookout is a beautiful day hike that takes you to its summit at 5771 feet elevation, covering roughly 1070 feet elevation gain. To get to the Coffin Mt. trailhead from Detroit OR, travel east on Highway 22 for approximately 19.5 miles to Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road). ...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Snowshoe to the Mountain View Shelter

    5.0
    4 mi / 500 ft gain
    A short hike from the sno-park, the snow shelter is within an hour's reach of the trailhead. Make sure to print a trail map of the area's routes ahead of time, or take a picture of the map provided in the parking lot, as the network of trails can get you a little lost.From the parking lot, make s...
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  • Gates, Oregon

    Hike to Dome Rock via the Upper Trailhead

    3 mi
    From Highway 22 at the Breitenbush River Bridge, in Detroit, turn north on to French Creek Rd. Drive up French Creek about 7.7 miles to the Upper TH #3379/3381 to Dome Rock and Tumble Lake. The trail can be found on the left side of the road and is easily seen after you pass it. It's best to pass...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Backpack to Santiam Lake

    9.6 mi / 1200 ft gain
    You start by weaving through an old-growth forest, gaining a little elevation, appreciating the shade, before you come up out and into the alpine forest the majority of the hike will take place in.  You will quickly reach your first of many intersections within ~.1 mile into the trail. Be sure to...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Duffy Lake Trail to Red Butte Peak

    12.33 mi / 2037 ft gain
    Duffy Lake Trail to Red Butte Peak is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Cascadia, Oregon.
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Mowich Lake

    10.17 mi / 1270 ft gain
    Mowich Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Idanha, Oregon.
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  • Lane County, Oregon

    Nash Lake Trail Via Horse Creek Trail

    21.34 mi / 3287 ft gain
    Nash Lake Trail Via Horse Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Blue River, Oregon.
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Camp at Big Lake

    The crystal clear waters of Big Lake sit at an elevation of 4,600 ft. in the Willamette National Forest, on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range. The Big Lake Campground (N 44 22.439 W 121 53.599) lies on the western shore of Big Lake, at the top of the Santiam Pass near Hoodoo Ski Re...
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  • Idanha, Oregon

    Blue Lake Trail, Lake Ann, Jorn Lake, Bowerman Lake Trail, Minto Pass, Marion Lake Trail

    14.66 mi / 2497 ft gain
    Blue Lake Trail, Lake Ann, Jorn Lake, Bowerman Lake Trail, Minto Pass, Marion Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Idanha, Oregon.
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  • Lyons, Oregon

    Backpack the Opal Creek Wilderness

    11.5 mi / 900 ft gain
    On Saturday, I slid into the backseat alongside weekend belongings crammed in the car trunk. Backpacks with patches and streaks of dust. Bags of food that could be cooked over the flames of a fire.We drove south on the 5, leaving Portland and crossing through Salem, as Lake Street Dive albums pla...
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  • Gates, Oregon

    Battle Axe Summit via Whetstone, Twin Lakes, Elk Lake

    33.77 mi / 7323 ft gain
    Battle Axe Summit via Whetstone, Twin Lakes, Elk Lake is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Detroit, Oregon.
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Backpack Three Fingered Jack

    3.8
    20 mi / 2600 ft gain
    Begin this 2-3 day backpacking trek at the Santiam Pass trailhead off Highway 20, 31 miles east of Detroit and 21 miles west of Sisters, Oregon. You can begin the loop either north on the PCT or East on trail #4014 towards Square Lake (as it is a loop) I would recommend heading east. It's a 2.2 ...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Backpack to Square and Booth Lakes

    2.0
    8 mi / 240 ft gain
    This is an easy access, fairly short backpacking trip to a high mountain lake, which is good for kids. A super dusty, dry and smoke permeated trip to the base of Three Fingered Jack. Forest fires raging throughout the northwest poured smoke in to the entire western half of the state during this A...
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