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The Best Backpacking in Portland

Looking for the best backpacking in Portland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Portland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Portland

  • Yacolt, Washington

    Hike Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista

    4.5
    6 mi / 2000 ft gain
    The Grouse Vista Trailhead is located through the town of Washougal off of highway 14 just past Camas. Once you leave the city, the road will turn to gravel and dirt though it is fairly well maintained until snow arrive and accessible by most cars so long as you're willing to get drive over loose...
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  • Gales Creek, Oregon

    Gales Creek Trail

    11.42 mi / 2162 ft gain
    Gales Creek Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Gales Creek, Oregon.
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  • Stevenson, Washington

    Climb Three Corner Rock

    4.0
    Begin the short hike to Three Corner Rock by heading south on the Pacific Crest Trail from its crossing of Road CG 2090. After a steady 1.5 mile climb of roughly 600 feet, look for a large fallen sign marking the junction to Three Corner Rock. Shortly after, another older sign invites Pacific Cre...
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  • North Bonneville, Washington

    Table Mountain via Aldrich Butte Trailhead

    4.7
    16 mi / 3350 ft gain
    Hike up into the forest (take the right path, not the one going left), and follow it all the way until you get to "Carpenter Lake" (which always seems to be just an empty, marshy field). Keep going and do not take the right path at the first Y split off. Instead, stay left, until you come to anot...
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  • Amboy, Washington

    Siouxon Trail to 14 Mile Falls

    5.0
    13.03 mi / 2310 ft gain
    When you park at the top of the trail, all you see is layers and layers of emerald trees and ground clear of any underbrush. Once on the trail, you start on a rapid decline that brings you to the first of the many streams along this hike. Cross the bridge made out of logs and head towards the ma...
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  • North Bonneville, Washington

    Tamanous Trail to PCT & Gillette Lake

    6.84 mi / 1089 ft gain
    Tamanous Trail to PCT & Gillette Lake is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near North Bonneville, Washington.
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  • Cascade Locks, Oregon

    Backpack the Mark. O Hatfield Wilderness Via Eagle Creek

    1.0
    26 mi / 2300 ft gain
    This is a somewhat incomplete report because we did not venture too far into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. The sky had been threatening us with rain for the duration of our hike along Eagle Creek and we did not want to push our luck too far since we were hoping for an early start on our drive ...
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  • Cascade Locks, Oregon

    Ruckel Ridge Loop

    5.0
    8.08 mi / 3730 ft gain
    This ridge is one of the lesser known paths from the Eagle Creek Trailhead. Instead of taking Ruckel Creek Trail, find the trail leading up Ruckel Ridge. It is a far more difficult hike of about 7 miles leading up to Benson Plateau. Along the way there are beautiful lookout points for Mount Hood,...
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  • Rhododendron, Oregon

    Hunchback Trail #793

    18.18 mi / 5358 ft gain
    Hunchback Trail #793 is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Rhododendron, Oregon.
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  • Clackamas County, Oregon

    Climb Squaw Mountain

    4.5
    On a clear day, this short, secluded hike offers breath-taking views of Mt. St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Hood, and Jefferson, as well as of downtown Portland, Coast Range, and the Roaring River Wilderness.Begin the hike from the Twin Springs Trailhead and immediately take your first left at the T....
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  • Rhododendron, Oregon

    Zigzag Mountain Trail

    24.6 mi / 7280 ft gain
    Zigzag Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Rhododendron, Oregon.
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  • Tillamook, Oregon

    Wilson River Trail

    3.0
    18.58 mi / 4879 ft gain
    This long trail provides hikers with great views of the corridor in the Coast Range. As the trail follows public land for the most part, there are a couple sections with steady elevation gains to avoid private land: near Lees Camp and Ryan Creek. Although the trail receives some of the most rain...
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  • Cascade Locks, Oregon

    Gorge Trail 400: Bridge of the Gods Trailhead to Wyeth

    9.49 mi / 994 ft gain
    Gorge Trail 400: Bridge of the Gods Trailhead to Wyeth is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cascade Locks, Oregon.
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  • Rhododendron, Oregon

    Salmon Trail via Kinzel

    14.85 mi / 4170 ft gain
    Salmon Trail via Kinzel is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Welches, Oregon.
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  • Clackamas County, Oregon

    Salmon River Trail

    25.98 mi / 4245 ft gain
    Salmon River Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Welches, Oregon.
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  • Clackamas County, Oregon

    Salmon River Trail: Short Option

    7.58 mi / 1706 ft gain
    Salmon River Trail: Short Option is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Rhododendron, Oregon.
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