9 places in Portland perfect for your springtime strolls

Mar 16 2021, 4:14 pm

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from OregonStateParks.org and PortlandOregon.gov. Be sure to follow state guidelines and continue practicing physical distancing. 

With the weather heating up, it would be a shame to spend most of your time indoors.

Rather than walking around your neighborhood for the 300th time, try venturing elsewhere while remaining distanced.

Here are nine places in and around Portland perfect for a springtime stroll:

Tryon Creek

You’ll have no shortage of hiking trails to choose from at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. With gorgeous forests all around you, and eight miles of hiking trails, including bridges and boardwalks, for those of all ages to enjoy, you’ll likely forget that you’re just 15 minutes away from Portland.

Wildwood Trail


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The Wildwood Trail starts near the Oregon Zoo, and it twists and winds all over the place heading roughly North West. Being one of the best trails in the Portland area, and kicking off within the city limits, it’s a must for Portlandians.

Salmonberry Trail

Just a little over an hour west of Portland, the Salmonberry Trail on the edge of Tillamook State Forest is filled with abandoned train tracks, tunnels, and absolutely stunning forest scenery.

Lost Lake


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The beauty of Lost Lake is not “lost” on Oregonians. It’s a breath-taking vista of trees, mountains, and a gorgeous body of water. However, it’s the trail around the lake that brings us here today. As we look for reasons to get outside and capture some exercise and zen, we can’t think of a place better than the Lost Lake trail.

The Trail of Ten Falls


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This drop-dead gorgeous hike is just an hour drive from Portland in Silver Falls State Park and will take you through — yes, you guessed it — 10 beautiful cascading waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, ranging from 27 feet to the pinnacle waterfall of the hike at a whopping height of 178 feet.

Angel’s Rest

It’s a long way up, but you might be hard-pressed to find a look of the Columbia River Gorge like the one at the summit of Angel’s Rest. The trail is just a short 30-ish minute drive from Downtown Portland, and provides the difficulty in the climb, and the Instagram-slaying vistas.

Devil’s Rest


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You can’t have an Angel without a Devil, right? Whether you start from Multnomah Falls, or the Wahkeena Falls entrance, the path to Devil’s Rest is a hard one, but worth every single second of it.

Tamanawas Falls

This stunning 100-foot-high and 40-foot-wide waterfall on the east slope of Mount Hood will have you walking along Cold Spring Creek shaded by massive Douglas fir and cedar trees. Make sure to buy a recreation pass from the Mt. Hood National Forest. The trail is about 1.5 hours from Portland at the Tamanawas Falls Trailhead.

Cape Falcon Hike

About 1.5 hours from Portland, this 4.8-mile Cape Falcon hike will take you to a section of the scenic Oregon Coast Trail, where you’ll start by hearing the wind through the trails followed by the thunder of Pacific Ocean waves, plus a scenic waterfall, all the way to Cape Falcon, where you’ll see beautiful vistas of the ocean.

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