Six of the Best Weekend Hiking Trails in Oregon

oregon trailOre­gon is a mag­nif­i­cent state with so many fan­tas­tic hik­ing spots. If you want to get out of the house this week­end to do some hik­ing, we’ve got your back. Here are six of the best week­end hik­ing treks in Ore­gon, includ­ing trails that take a few hours and trails that will require an overnight stay.

Mount Jef­fer­son
Mount Jef­fer­son is one of the most famous hik­ing spots in Ore­gon, and it offers a few dif­fer­ent routes that are per­fect for a week­end wan­der. Most of the trails link via the PCT, so it’s fair­ly easy to try more than one route if you fan­cy.

There are some routes you might want to avoid dur­ing the week­end due to how busy they are. One of the most pop­u­lar areas is Jef­fer­son Park where vis­i­tors can camp near the lakes, so it’s always very busy.

Some good trails to check out are at Opel Creek Wilder­ness, as they start near swim­ming holes and con­tin­ue to qui­eter forests where you can camp. You can also check out the trails at Serene and Rock Lakes, but make sure to bring mos­qui­to repel­lent dur­ing the warmer months.

Colum­bia Riv­er Gorge
The Colum­bia Riv­er Gorge has trails that take at least eight hours to com­plete, but there are also short­er trails that are per­fect for an afternoon—watch out as of late for­est fires have been active in the area.

Three Sis­ters
The Three Sis­ters are seri­ous­ly impres­sive peaks, boast­ing sights such as beau­ti­ful alpine lakes at the foot of giant vol­ca­noes. There’s no short­age of trails at the Three Sis­ters that are per­fect for a week­end hike, includ­ing a fun overnight trip that starts at the Bend, goes through Green Lakes, and includes a camp­ing area beneath the South Sis­ter.

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Mount Hood
One of the best overnight hik­ing treks in Ore­gon is The Salmon Riv­er Trail at Mount Hood. The trail is filled with beau­ti­ful views, includ­ing old growth forests and rivers. Many camp­ing spots along the trail allow you to make it overnight. This hik­ing trail is also great for fam­i­lies as it isn’t too con­sis­tent­ly stren­u­ous or chal­leng­ing.

East­ern Ore­gon
East­ern Ore­gon con­tains one of the best hik­ing treks in the state…and only 6 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion live there, so the hik­ing routes are very qui­et and peace­ful. One great week­end hik­ing trails you can find in East­ern Ore­gon is the Elkhorn Crest Trail, which trav­els through ancient forests and around icy blue moun­tain lakes. This hike will give you a real sense of soli­tude, so it’s per­fect for any­one who wants to get away from the rat race for a few days.

Wal­lowas
The Wal­lowas are found in North­east Ore­gon, with lim­it­less vis­tas of beau­ti­ful peaks and alpine lakes to explore. Some of the hikes here can take days and are chal­leng­ing, but there’s also a fan­tas­tic overnight week­end trail at Glac­i­er Lake that won’t break your back. The trail is 13 miles long with breath­tak­ing views of the peaks and the lakes—and a few camp­ing spots you can choose from to set up base­camp. How­ev­er, it’s worth not­ing that you may be shar­ing the trail with horse pack­ers.