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 incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista

    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...

    6 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Climb Three Corner Rock

    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. Sho...

  • Hike Up Table Mountain

    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 spl...

    16 miles 3350 ft gain

  • Hike to Gillette Lake

    To begin the trail go towards the skinny path, not the gravel road. Soon after you'll see a sign for both the lake and Bridge of the Gods. This is a very, very small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail; there are trail markers everywhere. You'll kn...

    5.5 miles 180 ft gain

  • Backpack the Mark. O Hatfield Wilderness Via Eagle Creek

    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 sin...

    26 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Backpack Ruckel Ridge

    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 ...

    9 miles 3700 ft gain

  • Backpack the Siouxon Trail

    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...

    12 miles 500 ft gain

  • Climb Squaw Mountain

    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 Trailh...

  • Hike the Wilson River Trail

    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.A...

    22.6 miles 3950 ft gain

  • Backpack to Burnt Lake

    After getting your back country permit from a park ranger, you can park your car and head up zig zag mountain. There's a tiny 'parking lot' (lot of dirt) where you park that's right by the trailhead.The hike up to the campsites is roughly 4 miles,...

    14 miles

  • Hike Tomlike Mountain

    Beginning at the Wahtum Lake trailhead, follow the Wahtum Lake Express trail down to the shore and head east (right) around the lake. At the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail, follow the Herman Creek Trail to the east (right, again). You'll be...

    6.4 miles 1565 ft gain

  • Hike McNeil Point

    The hike to McNeil Point begins at Top Spur Trailhead, in the Mt. Hood National Wilderness. Follow signs for McNeil Point along the Pacific Crest and Timberline Trails heading north. Though there are numerous camping opportunities along the way (m...

    10.5 miles 2200 ft gain