Summer is here, and if you’re like me, you want to spend more time outdoors especially after being stuck in the house for months during COVID-19, right?
Thankfully, Oregon is the best state to spend time outdoors because there’s always a ton of fun things to do including sweet hiking trails.
In this article, I will provide you with a list of 5 Oregon Hiking Trails that you should visit or add to your “bucket list” of trails that you want to visit this summer.;
5 Awesome Oregon Hiking Trails That You Don’t Want To Miss
Opal Creek – Located about two hours from Portland, Opal Creek is a great place to hike because there’s a 35,000-acre trail which is perfect for hiking or biking.
Drift Creek Falls – Just 2.6 miles is the wonderful Drift Creek Falls trail. What’s great about this location is that since it’s located along the Oregon Coast, it’s open year-round and that means there’s plenty of time for you to visit it this summer, during the fall, or winter months.
Sweet Creek Trail – Are you craving waterfalls? If so, head over to the a great Oregon hiking trail at Suislaw National Forest to visit this beautiful trail which is close to 3 miles long and worth the journey!
Spencer’s Butte – Another great Oregon trail is Spencer’s Butte. Here you will find a satisfying hike that offers excellent views of Eugene Oregon.
Misery Ridge – If you’re visiting Central Oregon, head over to Misery Ridge at Smith Rock state park, there you will find a great 3.8-mile hike with plenty of awesome views of beautiful Central Oregon.
Tips For Having A Great Summer In Oregon On The Trails
One important thing to remember before hiking in Oregon this summer is to always check if the trail that you want to visit is still open because recent wildfires like the Eagle Creek fire closed the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge so it’s important to plan before driving out to one of the state’s hiking trails.
Besides checking current conditions for the area that you plan on Oregon hiking, you should also come prepared to hike in any weather, even the occasional snow flurry so you don’t get caught on a trail wearing summer gear when it’s cold outside.
Your hiking backpack should always include plenty of water, food, navigation tools, a first aid kit and a multi-tool that you can use when needed.
Hiking is a great way to stay in shape while enjoying the beauty Oregon hiking offers! Have fun and go hiking in Oregon this summer!