Oregon’s Greatest Hike | 33andfree

Hiking in Oregon is pretty amazing. Since it’s one of the most diverse states in the United States, you can find just about anything. If you love chasing waterfalls, finding alpine lakes nestled under a mountain peak, or exploring unique hills that are 40 million years old. Make your choice!

As always, don’t forget to LEAVES NO TRACE. Pack it, then pack it.

Here are some of Oregon’s top hiking destinations.

Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Located in central Oregon, you would miss it if you didn’t know it was there. If you want to see some of the most unique hills and your desire is to learn some history in Oregon, then this is your place. with 39-30 million old leaf fossils and 30-27 million old animal fossils, there is plenty of history. Then add beautiful painted hills and short family hikes. It is worth the detour. If you want to know more about this amazing place, CLICK HERE

Broken top at nameless lake

Another location in central Oregon is Broken Top at No Name Lake. Locate the trailhead on a long gravel road from Cascade Lakes Highway. You will need high clearance to do this. This hike is allowed now and for good reason. This is a very popular hike as it is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Oregon. Turquoise blue water flowing up to the jagged peaks of Broken Top. there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a lunch or snack once you’ve prepared it.

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Ramona Falls

Ramona Falls is an hour’s drive from Portland, so it’s one of the best hiking day trips if you’re staying in the city. You even have the chance to walk along the PCT for a short time. This hike is approximately 7.5 miles round trip but is relatively flat. Doing good to the family. Next, the waterfall is one of the best in the state. With around 283 stunts, the competition is fierce, but I think once you get to the base you’ll understand why this is one of our favorites.

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Juniper Gulch Trail

In eastern Oregon you will find Leslie Gulch. More accessible from Idaho, this quiet neighborhood is very remote. Once you get off the freeway there is no cell service or services. But what you get is one of the most unique rides and hikes in the state. Which makes it feel like you should be in southern Utah, you end up in the great state of Oregon. Juniper Gulch Trail is one of many trails that will give you the experience of hiking in a ravine, along a crazy rock formation and give you great views of the area once you reach the top.

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Abiqua Falls

Since there are so many waterfalls in this state, it only makes sense that at least 2 are in this article. Abiqua Falls is an adventure hike. It can be a long hike if you don’t have a high clearance 4×4 to get to the main parking lot, but once you get to the trailhead it’s just fun trying to get to the falls. We saw a lot of people wearing terrible shoes which is not recommended. You will use a rope to descend a steep embankment, a hike along water and rocks. Stay on the trail to keep this beautiful place open. This waterfall is just amazing with the multicolored rock and with water you turn green. On a hot day, this is a great place to play in the water and relax with a picnic.

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Enjoy these beautiful hikes responsibly!

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